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Thursday, 18 August 2011
Page: 8609

Parliament House: Tour Guides

Mr RANDALL (Canning) (15:26): Today I tried to organise a tour for people from Western Australia. The tour guides told me that the budget has been cut substantially, that they were unable to do it and that this has been going on for some time. Has the budget for the guides to provide tour services in this house been reduced? If so, what can be done about it so we can provide the hospitality necessary for our interstate visitors?

The SPEAKER (15:27): There have been readjustments, of course, in the apportionment of the resources to the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Mr Secker: Sir Humphrey!

The SPEAKER: I was trying to avoid using those sorts of words. I was going to indicate to the member for Canning that I will take his serious question on board and get back to him with a proper answer that gives him the detail. It may be that there is an element of truth in the question, but I will see what other avenues in that circumstance could be provided.