Senator Bill Heffernan
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Australian senator uses fake bomb to highlight security

An Australian senator took a fake pipe bomb into a committee meeting in parliament to illustrate how lax security has become.

Senator Bill Heffernan, from the governing Liberal Party, said security at parliament was "a joke".

Previously, everyone who entered Parliament House in the capital, Canberra, had to undergo security checks.

However, some pass holders are no longer scanned under the new system.

Australian Federal Police chief Tony Negus said the senator had told him he was going to take a 'prop' into the session.

  • 26 May 2014