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Thursday, 10 March 2005
Page: 54

Senator CALVERT (1:08 PM) —I have no objection either to the amendments regarding the Parliamentary Librarian or the amendment regarding the Security Management Board. As you would be aware, the first two amendments come out of the deliberations of the joint Library Committee, where it was felt that it was desirable to slightly broaden the qualifications required of a person appointed as Parliamentary Librarian. These amendments also provide that the librarian and his or her staff within the Department of Parliamentary Services may be known as the Parliamentary Library. That of course retains what one might describe as the personality of the Parliamentary Library, which has been such an important resource to senators and members since 1901. Of course, it is also consistent with the decision of both chambers in 2003 to abolish the Department of the Parliamentary Library as a stand-alone department.

The other amendment that Senator Evans moved, regarding the Security Management Board, I certainly support because that amendment comes out of the 40th report of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing. It will entrench the Security Management Board as the entity which will provide advice to both the Speaker and me on security matters within the parliamentary precinct. It also provides that each of the three parliamentary departments will have representatives on the Security Management Board and that that board will have the power to invite other appropriate people to attend its meetings. These people would typically be representatives of agencies which advise the parliament on specific security measures. The board was the initiative of former President Reid and former Speaker Andrew in 2002, and I must say it has functioned very effectively as a non-statutory body since that time. If this amendment is passed, and I am sure it will be, it will preserve the board in the legislation for the future.

Question agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.