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Parliament House evacuated over bomb threat scare in Canberra

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Parts of Parliament House were locked down for about an hour after police received a phone call about a possible bomb threat.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police said they received a call about a suspicious package about 12.45pm on Friday.

Public areas of the building were closed while police investigated, meaning people attending an early childhood summit in the Great Hall evacuated about 12.40pm.

The building reopened and was declared safe an hour later.

“A cordon was put in place for approximately one hour, with some local road closures, while a search of the area was undertaken,” an ACT Police spokesman said.

“This matter has now been resolved with nothing suspicious located. The cordon has been lifted, the building and all roads are now reopened.”

The Department of Parliamentary Services said about 2.30pm the public entrance and Marble Foyer had reopened to building occupants and visitors after the AFP advised it was safe to do so.

Senator Lidia Thorpe took to Twitter to update her followers on the situation. ‘Blak Estimates interrupted due to Police Operation in parliament,’ she tweeted.

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