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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18717

Mr KERR (3:47 PM) —Mr Speaker, my question follows a number of questions that were addressed to you earlier this year in relation to security measures in the House. I simply go back to those matters and, in particular, to the temporary security barriers and the changed arrangements for vehicular traffic around the front of the building. Plainly those arrangements cannot be, as they stand, on a perpetual basis and either they will be removed or permanent arrangements made. I assume that in the present circumstances the latter is more likely than the former. Given that and the, I suspect, general view of members of this House that the present temporary barriers are not particularly appropriate for a continuing presence on a long-term basis both by way of aesthetics and the general impression of this building that people would receive when they visit it, could you update the House at an appropriate time as to what plans are in place to either remove those barriers or substitute permanent security measures which are more in keeping with the parliamentary precinct?

The SPEAKER —I indicate to the member for the Denison that I am as anxious as he is to have those barriers removed. I will remove them on the advice of my security advisers.