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:nt By: Media Monitors Australia; 02 6273 5959; 11-Nov-99 1 :07PM; Page 13/14

House of Representatives Liaison and Projects Office

** Media Alert **

House of Representatives moves to Adelaide • Adelaide will be focus of activities on 12 November • Speaker to launch new community guide • New series of public seminars up and running

A new community guide to the House of Representatives will be launched by the Speaker of the House, the Hon Neil Andrew MP, at the Adelaide Convention Centre (in The Glasserie) at 10.15 am on Friday, 12 November 1999. The launch is part of a day of activities that will bring the House of Representatives to Adelaide. The media is invited to attend all of these

activities.

Called Your Key lu the House, the free guide to the House of Representatives will help to explain to the community the processes and work of the House of Representatives and, importantly, how people can participate in that work.

The community guide is part of a new strategy to help raise community understanding of and interaction with the work of the House of Representatives, including its various committees.

As part of that strategy, free public seminars on the processes and work of the House are planned for metropolitan and regional centres around Australia. The first of these seminars will be opened by the Speaker at the Adelaide Convention Centre at 1.30 pm on 12 November. The seminar will inform people about the House of Representatives and how they can contribute to its work. Presenters will include Federal Members from South Australia, Christopher Pyne MP and Rod Sawford MP, as well as senior parliamentary officers. Mr Pyne is Chair of the House of Representatives Procedure Committee, which will soon release the findings of its nine-month inquiry into community involvement in the House of Representatives and its committees.

Earlier in the day, Federal South Australian Member and Foreign Minister, the Hon Alexander Downer MP, will be keynote speaker at another free public seminar on how people can have a say in relation to Australia’s international treaties. That seminar, hosted by the Federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, commences at the Adelaide Convention Centre at 9.00 am, with Mr Downer’s address at 11.30 am.

Already over 130 South Australians have registered to attend these free public seminars.

For information about the community guide launch and the free public seminars contact: Andres Lomp Tel: (02) 6277 2122; Mobile: 0401 140 795

Liaison and Projects Office Fax: (02) 6277 8521 House of Representatives Email: Andrcs.I.omp.Reps@aph.gov.au

The Speaker will be available at the end of the launch (about 11.00 am) for interviews. Copies of the guide can be obtained at the launch or from the Liaison and Projects Office after the launch.

11 November 1999