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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21493

Mr PRICE (3:32 PM) —Mr Speaker, my question relates to the important visits by the two presidents next week. I refer you to the procedure committee report relating to the opening of parliament. Can you advise the House whether the presidents have been extended the courtesy and honour of a welcoming ceremony by our Indigenous people? If not, given the prominence of our Indigenous people in the opening ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics and the Rugby World Cup, what arrangements have been made to include our Indigenous people in the visits by the presidents to the parliament?

The SPEAKER —While I do not have the detail with which to respond to the member for Chifley, I can assure him that whatever is appropriate is being done. The President of the Senate and I are being largely guided by the experience of visits of other heads of state.