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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1553

Senator ARCHER - Mr President,I wish to ask you a question. Can members and senators be made more adequately aware of their responsibilities for their visitors to Parliament House, especially in order to facilitate the duties of the attendants? What restrictions are imposed on unaccompanied visitors roaming the passages of Parliament House, intent on waylaying senators for the purpose of pursuing their particular interests? What privileges do they enjoy enabling them to use Parliament House telephones to ring senators in their offices? Do casual visitors have the right to unrestricted, unaccompanied access? If not, what is the procedure which should be adopted and what is the remedy available to senators to avoid this type of intrusion when it so often interrupts the many other engagements to which senators are normally committed?

The PRESIDENT - I believe that the questions you have asked, Senator Archer, are important ones. I should like to bring down a statement in response to them when we assemble next Monday.

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