Dorothy Dixer
In parliament, a pre-arranged question asked by a government member so that a minister can give a prepared reply. It comes from Dorothy Dix, the pen-name of Elizabeth Gilmer (1870-1951), an American journalist who wrote a famous personal advice column. Her column came to seem a little too contrived, as if she was writing the questions as well as the answers.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • Dorothy dixer — question asked in parliament specifically to allow a propagandist reply by a minister (from Dorothy Dix , well known column of advice to people with emotional problems, the questions are said to have been devised by the columnist, and not sent in …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • dorothy dixer — Australian Slang question asked in parliament specifically to allow a propagandist reply by a minister (from Dorothy Dix , well known column of advice to people with emotional problems, the questions are said to have been devised by the columnist …   English dialects glossary

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  • Dorothy Dixer — noun A question asked of a minister by a member of his own party, to give the minister the opportunity to promote the governments work, criticise the opposition, etc …   Wiktionary

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  • Question Time — in a parliament occurs when backbenchers (members of the parliament who are not Ministers) ask questions of the Prime Minister which he or she is obliged to answer. It usually occurs daily while parliament is sitting, though it can be cancelled… …   Wikipedia

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