Where are the responsible ministers at question time?
How many responsible ministers do we have at question time in Parliament? On Thursday Cullen answers on behalf of the Ministers of Health, Broadcasting, and Education. Goff answers on behalf of the Minister of State Services, and Mallard on behalf of the Minister of Consumer Affairs. National even tried unsuccessfully to defer asking a question until the responsible minister was back from gardening leave for swearing. Of course all questions from Labour MPs had their ministers present.
If the responsible ministers are not going to be in the House during question time, why are they called responsible ministers? If Ministers can take off for an early holiday before Easter, why can't the rest of us?