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Tuesday, 27 March 1984
Page: 751

(Question No. 578)


Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories and Local Government, upon notice, on 8 December 1983:

(1) What is the legal standing of the people presently camped on the lawns in front of Parliament House.

(2) Are they transgressing any Australian Capital Territory Ordinances or Regulations; if so, what actions has the Government taken, or does it intend to take, to rectify the situation.

(3) Will the Government allow holiday makers to camp on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin over the Christmas season if no ordinances are transgressed.

(4) Will the facilities of Parliament House be made available to them.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Territories and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) These raise questions of a legal nature and the Government does not provide legal advice. However, the Government is considering the matter with a view to ensuring the right of assembly on the lawns in front of Parliament House under certain conditions.

(3) and (4) The questions are hypothetical and the matters raised will be considered if the need arises.