- (Australia) 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.
2002, Don Watson, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, page 273:
- Betraying not a sign of the general mayhem he had just created, he answered a Dorothy Dixer about television violence.
- 2006, Julian Disney, J. R. Nethercote, The House on Capital Hill: Parliament, Politics, and Power in the National Capital, page 226,
- On both sides of the chamber, Question Time became highly programmed. This led on the Government side to questions, almost without exception, being Dorothy Dixers of the worst kind. […] The total domination of this sort of Dorothy Dixer under the Keating Government reduced the use of Question Time considerably.
2010, Annabel Crabb, Rise of the Ruddbot: Observations from the Gallery, page 244:
- The real and nasty political attack came later, in question time, when every Labor minister who stood in response to a Dorothy Dixer did so in order to aim a new kick at the cods of the Opposition leader, from a different direction.