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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4466

Mr Bennett (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

(1)   Are large portions of the parking areas at the rear of Parliament House unlit.

(2)   Are female staff required to go to these darkened areas without escorts to retrieve their cars due to the late sittings of the Parliament.

(3)   If so, will he take action to provide lighting in these areas or make suitable arrangements for protection of the female staff.

Mr Uren - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Lighting in the car parks located in two areas on the northern side of Queen Victoria Terrace is provided by adjacent street lights. Earlier this year additional lighting was provided in the car park adjacent to West Block.

There is also an undeveloped area on Camp Hill where people at Parliament House park. It is not proposed to turn this area into a car park and there are no plans to provide lighting there.

(2)   and (3) For some time there has been concern for the safety of persons, particularly womenfolk, walking to their cars in the late hours of the night. However, I believe that, to the extent adequate lighting can secure their safety, all that can reasonably be done in this regard has been done. It is suggested that the other arrangements for staff safety you raised should be taken up with the Presiding Officers of the House.

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