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Tuesday, 28 August 2001
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Ms WORTH (4:18 PM) —I have a question for you, Mr Speaker. I wonder if you may be able to report back to the House if you are not aware of this particular article. In an article in the Financial Review today, two of my colleagues were named as reading particular material in the chamber during question time. I do not think it would be possible for members of the press gallery to read from that distance. The only conclusion that could be drawn is that high-powered camera lenses could pick up what was being read. While what was reported today was harmless, it draws my attention to the fact that if members were dealing with constituents' correspondence, as they often do in the chamber, then what was written in that correspondence could also be read. I think that is a serious matter, and I would ask you to investigate it.

Mr SPEAKER —There is a series of guidelines that determine what the press gallery may or may not do; particularly what may or may not be photographed. I will take up the issues raised by the member for Adelaide with Mr Farr, the press gallery president.