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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3225

Mr Howe asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 15 April 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the criticisms made in the Protective Security Review Report by Mr Justice Hope, presented to the House on15 November 1 979, of the present fire safety arrangements for the protection of Commonwealth Government property and staff.

(2)   Will his Department initiate the thorough and impartial examination of these arrangements recommended by Mr Justice Hope; if so (a) when will the examination take place and (b) how will it be conducted.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Department of Administrative Services, in association with the relevant departments, is examining the criticisms made by Mr Justice Hope of the fire safety arrangements. The Government will be giving serious and prompt attention to the results of the examination and undertaking any necessary remedial action.

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