After more than a week of on-camera rehearsals, the Senate's daily proceedings will be televised for the first time when senators return to their new chamber on March 18.
Seven remote-operated cameras have been set up around the chamber to capture the debates, votes and all other happenings. This is one of the new features of the Senate’s temporary new home in the Government Conference Centre.
Senators have been in their new digs since they returned in mid-February, but the broadcast of their proceedings was delayed in part due to a ceiling gap that senators said allowed noise from the foyer and mezzanine flood into the chamber, creating an audio issue.
As a result, the Senate Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee (CIBA) announced in December that sittings in the new year would be delayed until Feb. 19, and the broadcasting would go live in March, "to allow for testing and rehearsal."