Question time is strong for Landry

TRANSPORT, infrastructure and employment were top of mind for Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, if the questions she posed to parliament are anything to go by.

Hansard records show Ms Landry asked 34 questions in the last parliament, ranking her in the top 50 of all 150 House of Representatives members.

Using these records, Bond University journalism students assessed every MP on their attendance, number of speeches delivered, Question Time participation and committee work.

Ms Landry scored well with a B grade for Question Time participation and C grades for the remaining assessments.

During her first term, Ms Landry made 114 speeches on topics ranging from Rockhampton's beef industry, mobile phone service and the sugar industry to domestic violence, drugs and Cyclone Marcia.

While the average among MPs was 132, Bond University journalism lecturer Caroline Graham said Ms Landry's status as a backbencher meant that was not unusual.

This can be broken down into 36 speeches on matters of legislation, 18 constituency statements and 51 statements by members.

Ms Graham said records rank Ms Landry 19th when it comes to local advocacy, based on the number of times electorate issues have been raised in these forums.

She said compared to other MPs, Ms Landry was "very active" when it came to local issues.

Holding politicians to account was the main aim of the House: Divided investigation, which involved trawling through almost 3500 questions and 20,000 speeches from the last term.

"We really believe that voters have the right to know how often their MPs show up, how actively they participate and how much they advocate for their electorate," Ms Graham said.

Capricornia has been the centre of every speech, according to Ms Landry who told The Morning Bulletin her speeches were always related to issues, events or organisations in the electorate.

 

"I have talked over and over about water infrastructure and road projects and I believe that is why we've been so successful in securing over $330m in projects for the region."

During the last parliament, Ms Landry only served on two committees relating to agriculture and indigenous affairs.

Ms Landry said she was particularly interested in working on projects which could benefit Capricornia.

She said much of her time had also been devoted to work in the electorate, rather than committees.

However, one commitment that isn't noted in the research is Ms Landry's involvement with the Deputy Speaker's roster, which saw her chair both the Federation Chamber and House of Representatives.

"It was a massive honour to be asked to do that," Ms Landry said.

"I really enjoyed the challenge and the fact you learn so much more about the parliamentary process."



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