Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2017

Statement by the President

Parliament House: Security

2:00 pm

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Senators, could I indicate to you all here, as I have you as a captive audience at 2 pm, that all building occupants have been advised today by the Speaker and me that there will be a lockdown exercise in the parliament building this week, lasting about 30 minutes. The exercise will not be conducted in the public areas of the building, but it will be not be possible to move between the public and private sections of the building while the lockdown exercise is in progress. Senators seeking further information about lockdown procedures and the exercise should refer to the email circulated this morning. I encourage senators, if they have any further concerns, to contact either the Speaker or me. Given the environment in which we are living, all building occupants are encouraged to take the exercise seriously so that they know what to do in the event of a real emergency. Let us hope that one does not occur. I thank the Senate.