The Federal Parliament will be closed to the public for the time being after an employee of the Greens’ leader Adam Bandt tested positive for COVID-19 after a week of meetings in Canberra, sending the Green MPs into isolation while awaiting test results.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, opposition leader Anthony Albanese and many other senior cabinet and shadow cabinet ministers were in the House of Commons this past week. Bandt announced that he is isolating himself while waiting for a test result, while Senator Nick McKim from Tasmania has also said that he is isolating himself after testing negative.
“A fully vaccinated member of Adam Bandt’s team, who was in Canberra last week, has tested positive for COVID,” a statement from Mr Bandt’s office said Saturday night.
“They are currently working with ACT Health to determine if they were contagious while in Canberra.”
In a note sent out Saturday night, the House of Commons Department said House Speaker Andrew Wallace and Senate President Slade Brockman had discussed the situation with Deputy Chief Physician Michael Kidd and decided to close the building to the public – a day later. it reopened to the public.
“In view of the advice on a COVID case in Parliament House over the past week, the President, in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Vice President, has decided that Parliament House should close to the public for the time being,” the statement said.
An earlier statement from DPS said the case is being investigated by ACT Health.
“The presidents have been briefed by ACT Health and the Commonwealth’s Vice President. ACT Health is working to identify possible close contacts and exposures in Parliament House and elsewhere in ACT between November 30 and December 2, 2021.”
Updated exposure sites are also expected to be released on Sunday with further advice on potential isolation.