On 26 March 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate
Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (committee) for inquiry
and report by 13 May 2015:
The proposed Parliament House security upgrade works,
including perimeter fencing, internal infrastructure changes and CCTV cameras,
with particular reference to:
- security and safety
value for money;
impacts on building occupants and
any related matters.
On 12 May 2015, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting
until 25 June 2015.
Conduct of the inquiry
The inquiry was advertised on the committee's website. The committee
invited submissions from interested individuals, organisations and the
Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) by 24 April 2015.
The committee received six public submissions. A list of individuals and
organisations which made public submissions, together with other information
authorised for publication by the committee, is at Appendix 1. The committee
held a public hearing in Canberra on 14 May 2015. The proposed security upgrade
works was also the subject of questioning during DPS' appearance at an
estimates hearing on 25 May 2015. A list of witnesses who gave evidence at the
public hearing on 14 May 2015 is available at Appendix 2.
The committee thanks all those who contributed to the inquiry by making
submissions, providing additional information and appearing at the public
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