FEDERAL police were last night considering whether to lay charges against a man who breached security at Parliament House and entered a room where Prime Minister Julia Gillard was holding a press conference.
Ms Gillard was briefing journalists with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen in a room in Parliament's ministerial wing yesterday afternoon when the man, 35, approached and placed a piece of paper on Ms Gillard's lectern.
The man then left the room, followed by television cameramen. A security guard confronted the man in a corridor and asked him to leave the building. Outside, federal police took his details.
The man told media his child had been abducted, but police had not responded to his requests for assistance.
Carol Mills, the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, which is responsible for security in Parliament House, said officials had viewed security footage which showed the man entering the building through the public entrance.
Ms Mills said the man crossed from the public to private area of Parliament House through a committee hearing room on the first floor. She said a security guard normally prevented people from moving from committee hearing rooms to the private areas of Parliament House, but confusion about whether a hearing was taking place yesterday had resulted in no security person being placed in the relevant position.
Ms Mills said the department was investigating what else the man did while he was in the building and how he was able to breach security.
"I think the potential is there that it could have been a serious breach and therefore I want to explore that it could not occur again," she said.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Federal Police said it was aware of the incident, and confirmed police had spoken to him outside Parliament House.
"The matter is now subject of further inquiries," the spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said she did not comment on security matters.