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Peter Costello

Treasurer

11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007

Media Release of 07/04/2004

NO.019

2004-2005 BUDGET – MEDIA LOCK-UP ARRANGEMENTS

The Treasurer will deliver the 2004-2005 Budget at 7.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 11 May 2004. The usual lock-up arrangements will again be available for media organisations in Canberra, based in the main Committee Room area in Parliament House. The lock-up will begin at 1.30 pm AEST and conclude when the Treasurer begins his Speech.

As usual, security considerations are paramount in the lock-up arrangements. To obtain entry to the lockup, media representatives must sign and have witnessed by a Treasury official the necessary 'Form of Undertaking'. Attendees may be required to produce proof of their bona fides as an employee of a media organisation prior to signing the Undertaking and thereupon will gain entry to the lock-up. A copy of the Undertaking format is attached for information.

In line with previous arrangements, attendees must undertake not to bring into the lock-up equipment (including Personal Data Assistants) capable of transmitting information outside the lock-up (unless specifically approved by a Treasury official).

The lockup area will be monitored for detection of non-authorised wireless transmissions of information.

Any breach in the letter and spirit of the Undertaking and in the use of the lock-up facility will be regarded extremely seriously. Your particular attention is drawn to the fact that breaches of the terms of the Undertaking may be in contravention of section 79(3) of the Crimes Act 1914, a copy of which is also attached. Penalties include possible imprisonment up to two years.

Note also that an important requirement of the Form of Undertaking stipulates that Budget information is not to be broadcast by any media outlets before the Treasurer conveys it to Parliament.

No provision for entry can be made for non-media groups or individuals.

As in past years, arrangements may be made for secure landlines to group headquarters of the approved major print organisations for SUB-EDITING PURPOSES ONLY. Entry to these sub-lockups is restricted to sub-editorial staff only - JOURNALISTS ARE NOT PERMITTED. These arrangements involve the establishment of a secure area on the news organisations' premises which is supervised by Commonwealth staff for the duration of the Canberra lockup. Any communication between the Canberra lock-up and the sub-lockups will require security encryption - absolutely no transmission will take place without encryption.

As usual, participating organisations will bear their own costs of participation and attendance.

The Budget Speech and other major documents (including the Budget Overview and Economic Outlook) will be electronically available at the lockup. The electronic version can be saved on disk in any available format.

Prior arrangements are to be made with Treasury as follows:

By 30 April 2004 (at the latest): would you please provide:

  • Kerrin Mercer, (Liaison Unit, Treasury) by fax (02) 6263 2992 or email kmercer@treasury.gov.au with a full list of the organisation's employees' names and positions seeking access; and
  • Vaughan Hinton (Facilities Manager, Voice Comms., Treasury) on (02) 6263 3863 or
    (02) 6263 2869 (fax) with all secure data, voice or fax lines requirements.

General

Due to the usual limited space available, organisations must restrict their representation to minimum, essential employees only. It is intended that organisation’s locations will be essentially the same as in 2003. Please be advised that all lock-ups will be conducted in a non-smoking environment. Parliament House regulations also do not permit the bringing of alcohol into the lock-up area.

You are reminded of the terms and conditions for entry to the Budget lock-ups. We particularly remind prospective attendees that:

CELLULAR/DIGITAL TELEPHONES, PAGERS OR HANDSETS OR ANY COMPUTER OR OTHER UNAPPROVED EQUIPMENT THAT IS CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING A SIGNAL TO OUTSIDE THE LOCKUP ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE LOCK-UP.

Storage facilities for such equipment will be available at the lock-up entrance. There will be no contact outside the lock-up other than with the use of approved secure communication links. As mentioned above, any breach of the undertaking will be regarded most seriously.

Copies of the Budget and associated documents will be on saleinCanberra at the CanPrintCommunication Pty Ltd shopfrontfrom 7.30 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 11 May 2004 and at Standards Australia shopfronts interstatefrom 12 May 2004. Informationon how to purchase Budget documents is available on thecentralBudget website at www.budget.gov.auand, consistent with previous years, the Budget documents will be available onlineat the same site from 7.30 pm AEST on Budgetnight.

Any general questions relating to the lockups should be directed to Peter Coan (02) 6263 3736 or Ray Gavin (02) 6263 2794 at Treasury.

DAVID ALEXANDER

MEDIA ADVISER TO THE TREASURER

PETER COAN

MANAGER, LIAISON (TSY)

CANBERRA, 7 APRIL 2004

Attachment - Form of Undertaking