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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
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Dr LAWRENCE (3:36 PM) —Mr Speaker, on a further question: precisely what is the source of independent professional advice that you have taken? I note that when I rang the security controller for the parliament he seemed to be unaware, particularly of the restriction on the right to use the PA system. I would be interested to know what independent security advice you have taken.


The SPEAKER —Let me respond as fulsomely as I can to the member for Fremantle and retain the right to come back with additional information if necessary. As was reported to the parliament approximately 12 months ago—I think it was following the tragic events in Bali—the Presiding Officers mutually took a decision, and reported it to the House committee, to employ a security adviser. That security adviser is regularly briefed by the professional security groups under the control of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The professional security groups and the security adviser advise the Presiding Officers and that has been the case, so far as I can recall, for the last 12 months.