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Thursday, 19 February 2004
Page: 25311

Ms ELLIS (3:24 PM) —Mr Speaker, I understand that there are some changes being considered to the messenger attendants services in the House of Representatives. Could we get some further information from you regarding those mooted changes—in particular, confirming that there would be no staff redundancies forced upon anybody in the attendants service. Secondly, if there are any costs involved to the House department as a result of those changes, could we be advised of those as well, please.

The SPEAKER —As the member for Canberra would have noticed, I did in fact consult with the Clerk because I was not aware of the changes she refers to. He says that they are changes being considered at this stage by a consultative committee, and that is why they have not been brought to my attention. I will follow up the matter raised by the member for Canberra and report to her as appropriate.

I will deal with these questions as quickly as I can, simply because I am conscious that we have a long program. I know the member for Calare has a personal explanation, but I will first hear questions to me so that questions are dealt with.