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.
The Government will also propose to the parliament that questions from the Government, so called Dorothy Dixers, will not be asked on Wednesdays, meaning the Opposition and independents will be given the full hour of question time to scrutinise the government.
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?