Dorothy Dixer


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Dorothy Dixer

(ˌdɒrəθɪ ˈdɪksə)
n
(Parliamentary Procedure) informal Austral a parliamentary question asked by a member of the government so that the minister may give a prepared answer
[from pen name Dorothy Dix of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether (1870–1951), who wrote a column replying to correspondents' problems]
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On 13 June, the federal health minister Tony Abbott, replying to a Dorothy Dixer from Jackie Kelly (Liberal member for Lindsay) and abusing his parliamentary privilege, attacked NSW nurses campaigning to protect their rights at work.
For all their noisy breast-beating, Kingston and her mates just have too much fun exchanging arch remarks, being oh-so-clever and throwing Dorothy Dixers to the satirist Pauline Pantsdown (`Do you find Mr Oldfield sexy?