SECURITY officers at Parliament House have been told to allow visitors to enter without taking off balaclavas or other headwear.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi raised the issue during a Senate estimates hearing today, querying why some people were being asked by security officers at the entrances to remove their hats or other headwear while others, such as those wearing facial veils, were not.
Bronwyn Graham, a senior official from the Department of Parliamentary Services who manages security officers, told the hearing she was concerned about inconsistency in applying the policy, which was not to ask anyone to remove headwear.
Asked whether a member of the public could enter wearing a balaclava without being asked to take it off, Ms Graham said: "That is the advice that has been given to our staff."
Security screening procedures were mainly aimed at identifying prohibited items, such as knives.
"We are not at that point concerned about identity - we don't ask people for identity as they enter the building, particularly in the public areas," Ms Graham said.
"(But) if there is anyone that is behaving in a manner or raises suspicions with our security staff, the advice to our staff is they conduct an appropriate level of surveillance on that person"
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some may remember my Balaklava day
i've just decided to hold another
at Parliament House Canberra
and i'll be taking lots of goodies to freak the living daylight outta them
when they realise what been left behind....
I swear by Almighty God i will defend this nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic
they where the words i said 37 years ago and they are as strong to me today as they where then..
This was done because we are fighting the debate and winning and waking lots of folks up , now they say the debate dont matter , ( i got news for em)
the Greens (socialists) hold too much sway with the government at the moment and did this to gazump the debate
i'm gonna show em ( gov) just how big a mistake that was and show em who they got into bed with ( greens and their Muslim paymasters)
remember the old saying
lay down with dogs
you get up with fleas
time for the bites to start
wish me luck