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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21493

Mr QUICK (3:30 PM) —Mr Speaker, can you inform the House whether the white Lego blocks, as we call them, which assist in securing this building, are being moved much closer to Old Parliament House during the visit of President Bush? Can you inform honourable members of any other plans to restrict access to the people's house on 23 October this year? Will any restrictions be placed on the freedom of members in the house on this day? Finally, will these changed security measures remain in place for the visit of the Chinese President?

The SPEAKER —I will acquaint the member for Franklin and other members with as much information as I have and can pass on and, if there is additional information, I will come back to the House. The Lego barriers, as the member refers to them—everyone knows what we mean—will be relocated not on the advice of the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives but on the advice of the security professionals who monitor the house. The access of members to the house, so far as the President and I are able to determine, will be unaffected by the changes, but because of the heightened security risk it will be much more difficult for the public to have access to the house on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Mrs Irwin —What about the schoolchildren, Mr Speaker?