30Security and information systems—DOCUMENT
The Speaker moved—That the House:
(a) the importance of ensuring that Australian Parliament House is a safe place to visit and work;
(b) longstanding security arrangements in Parliament House have evolved in recent years and that further changes are proposed, in particular the operation of Closed Circuit Television Systems (CCTV) and the new Electronic Access Control System (EACS);
(c) that these systems, like other security and information systems, are managed by the Department of Parliamentary Services, under the authority of the Presiding Officers, on behalf of the Parliament; and
(d) that, under the Parliamentary Precincts Act 1988, the powers of the Presiding Officers to manage and control the precincts apply subject to relevant orders of the Houses, which means that the administration of these security and information systems is constrained by the powers, privileges and immunities of the Houses and their members;
(2) affirm that the collection, management and dissemination of information about Members and their staff is to be managed such that parliamentary privilege is protected absolutely;
(3) in the absence of the House agreeing to alternative arrangements, consistent with paragraph (2), the release of CCTV and EACS material which may involve matters of privilege can only occur where the Speaker, having consulted the Clerk, then consults with the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business;
(4) also note an EACS and CCTV Code of Practice will be reviewed regularly and it is also timely that the Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Federal Police and the Parliament be updated; and
(5) notwithstanding anything in this resolution, the powers, privileges and immunities of the House are maintained.
The Speaker presented the following document:
Security and Information Systems—Motion by the Speaker.