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INTERNET--PARLIAMENTARY ACCESS

Senator Chamarette amended her notice of motion by leave and, by leave,

moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the Internet is an increasingly important resource in

the current information technology era which facilitates

access to a vast array of information and provides a

means of virtually instant communication across nations

and continents, and

(ii) to effectively represent their constituents,Members of

Parliament should be able to utilise the Internet as a

vehicle for constituents to obtain information about

parliamentary activities and to convey their views and

concerns to parliamentarians; and

(b) resolves that:

(i) the parliamentary departments provide, on request from

Senators and Members, access to the Internet,

introductory training and support facilities in

Parliament House suites from 30 March 1996, and

(ii) the Department of Administrative Services be asked to

set a time frame for the provision of Internet access

in electorate offices or the ability to connect

electorate offices to commercial Internet servers.

Question put and passed.