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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 153


Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to you, Mr President. Are you aware that the area reserved for the parking of members' and senators cars in front of Parliament House is often unavailable for this purpose? Will you take action to ensure that the reserved area is more adequately sign-posted? I mention briefly that this area frequently is used by tourists who cannot see the signs which need to be much higher. The parking situation was brought home to me very forcibly last night when I had to park half way down to Lake Burley Griffin and someone broke into my vehicle.


The PRESIDENT - I wish to inform the honourable senator that I had anticipated his question because, in some Presidential testiness yesterday afternoon, I spoke to the Secretary of the Joint House Department, drew his attention to the cars that were parked in front of Parliament House, said that the parking had to be policed and that, if necessary, no members of the public and no member of the parliamentary staffs, in fact no one but honourable members or senators would be allowed to park there. I am now awaiting a report from him. I am glad that the honourable senator has taken the public opportunity of drawing to the Senate's attention circumstances which he and I both have discovered.







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