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  1. Dorothy Dixernoun

    A question asked of a minister by a member of his own party, to give the minister the opportunity to promote the government's work, criticise the opposition, etc.

  2. Etymology: Named after US advice columnist Dorothy Dix (1870-1951), who reputedly invented some of the more interesting readers′ questions she answered.


  1. Dorothy Dixer

    In Australian politics, a Dorothy Dixer is a rehearsed or planted question asked of a government Minister by a backbencher of his/her own political party during Parliamentary Question Time. The term is used in a mildly derogatory sense. Often, the question has been written by the Minister or his/her staff rather than by the questioner, and is used to give the Minister a chance to promote themselves or the work of the Government, or to criticise the opposition party's policies, to raise the profile of the backbench Member asking the question, or to consume the time available for questioning and thereby avoid tougher questions. It is a common and widely-accepted tactic during Question Time in the House of Representatives and the Senate. While it is not very common in the Australian context, it would be possible for a backbencher on the Government side of the house to ask a member of the Government a question without it being regarded as a Dorothy Dixer. Such a question would be one that the Minister was not aware of in advance, or that the Minister had not planted, or both. It is common for "Dorothy Dixers" to end in the question: "Is the Minister aware of any alternative policies?" This enables the responding Minister to launch into extended criticism of the Opposition and its policy on the question's subject matter, while still remaining technically relevant to the question as asked, as Standing orders require.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dorothy dixer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dorothy dixer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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