Greens propose Qld question time changes

The Greens want to ban
The Greens want to ban "Dorothy Dixers" during question time in Queensland parliament.

The Greens will try to stop the government wasting time in Queensland parliament by asking "Dorothy Dixers" in question time and from hiding legislation in unrelated bills.

Greens MP Michael Berkman will move changes to sessional orders on Thursday to ban Dorothy Dixers - pre-arranged questions asked of government ministers by backbenchers from their own political party.

Mr Berkman is also proposing to bar the government from "piggybacking" amendments to existing legislation on unrelated bills.

He wants to ensure every party and independent MP have time to speak on every bill, and to increase the debate time allowed for private members bills.

"Queenslanders don't elect MPs to stand in the house and blow smoke up each other," Mr Berkman told reporters on Thursday.

"We deserve better than what Labor has been serving up over the last few years where we're stuck with only one house of parliament, with a long history of corruption.

"It's not good enough for us to be wasting time in there and not seeing adequate scrutiny of legislation that comes before the House."

Opposition finance spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said the Liberal National Party would not support the Greens' proposal.

However, he said the parliament operated most effectively when the government worked with the opposition and the crossbench.

Mr Bleijie said the problem in Queensland was that the Labor government was treating the parliament as their "political plaything" and not involving the opposition.

"We're going to debate standing orders this afternoon, and I'm advised not much is changing," he told reporters.

A public survey of federal parliament last year revealed that Australians don't have a high opinion of question time.

Federal Labor MP Milton Dick said the 3400 respondents singled out "dorothy dixers" in particular, and called for question time to become "answer time".

"(This) basically means question time is a free-for-all for government to talk about policy for about 20 to 30 seconds, then to bash the opposition," Mr Dick said at the time.

Australian Associated Press