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12711294_m featureThe experts have reacted to the case of an Australian senator that earlier this week brought 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.

According to the BBC Heffernan, 71, held up a metal pipe and objects resembling sticks of dynamite from inside a shopping bag as he addressed the senate committee meeting on. He said even those with security clearance posed a danger.

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“When I was a kid, we used to blow stumps out on the farm – 50 years ago,” he said. “We could blow a tree the size of this building out of the ground. At the present time, there is nothing to stop anyone from bringing those ingredients in here over a period of time through security.”

The chief of the Australian Federal Police, Tony Negus, who was at the hearing, said: “Under the current arrangements, that is a risk, yes.” In recent years TV stations in the U.S proved that security passes only cannot protect airports and other critical areas. The reporters discovered that many passes are lost and others are not valid.