Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Questions to the Speaker
Parliament House: Security
Mr Speaker, you might not be aware that today our guest the Speaker of the Pakistan People’s Assembly was asked to spread his legs and be frisked as he entered the House. Can you ascertain whether or not this is true? I know that, when members visit other parliaments, we are ushered through as parliamentarians. I think it is incumbent upon those who are entrusted with the security of this place to receive instructions that people such as Speakers and parliamentary delegations from overseas countries are given the same courtesy that we receive when we visit overseas countries.
I thank the member for Franklin for his question. I would remind him that in this parliament all members are asked to pass through metal detection tests. This normally applies to visitors. I will check out the particular request he has made, but I would make the point that generally visitors are also asked to be subjected to the same metal detection tests.