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Thursday, 10 November 2016
Page: 2508


The PRESIDENT (15:33): I inform senators about two matters. One is the response from the High Court, and the second is media rules in the chamber.

First, I table notices received today from the High Court setting 21 November as the date for the directions hearings in the matters referred to it by the Senate. I table those documents.

Second, in relation to the media rules, I present an amended copy of the rules for media related activities in Parliament House and its precincts, which the Speaker and I have agreed to. The amended rules reflect the recent resolution of the Senate regarding photography in the Senate chamber. They also make consistent the number of photographers permitted in the galleries of both chambers. Also taken into account are references to resolutions of the houses and the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings in relation to the broadcast of proceedings, which were revised in 2013. The amended rules will replace those issued in November 2012 and will be made available on the Australian Parliament House website.