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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21749

Mr FITZGIBBON (3:38 PM) —If I may, I have a question to you, Mr Speaker, with regard to your ongoing investigation into how the rogue camera gained access to the chamber on that date. Are you prepared to give the House an update on your investigations? Further, are you prepared to make inquiries as to whether the attendant in question based his false assumption on the fact that the holder of the camera was in the company of an employee of the Prime Minister's office or indeed the Prime Minister's department?

The SPEAKER —I indicate to the member for Hunter that I will take whatever steps are necessary to discover how the camera got into the gallery. I have already met with the officer from the Prime Minister's office responsible for the camera crews which were in the gallery and I have spoken to him. I understand the pressure that was on the security staff at the time and how they may well not have appreciated that the camera was in fact being used illegally, but I do not intend to be frustrated in any way in my investigations of this matter. Furthermore, I have a meeting this afternoon with press gallery officials in order to further pursue the matter. The House will be informed as appropriate.