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Thursday, 20 March 2008
Page: 1445

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (3:42 PM) —On behalf of the President, I read a statement on internet filtering for senators:

Following discussion in the Senate Appropriations and Staffing Committee, I have agreed that the internet filtering that currently applies to Department of the Senate employees on the parliamentary computing network be extended to all senators and their staff. Should a senator require access to a website that may be restricted by the filtering system, they can arrange temporary or permanent access through the Usher of the Black Rod.

The Department of Parliamentary Services provides the internet filtering system on behalf of the parliamentary departments. I understand that DPS is currently engaged in identifying a replacement filtering system in conjunction with Senate and House of Representatives officials.