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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 693..


Mr Hargreaves: Yes.

MR CORNWELL: Thank you. In that case, the opposition agrees with the report and its recommendation. It certainly also agrees with the foreshadowed motion put forward by Ms Dundas yesterday.

MR HARGREAVES (11.05), in reply: In closing the debate, I thank members for their support. We have here a genuine attempt by all of the Assembly to demonstrate how prepared we are to be accountable to the community through the provision of electronic scrutiny of our activities within this chamber.

It has always been an interesting point that we can see the goings-on of the federal parliament, which on occasion reminds me of watching cement dry. This chamber has its moments, but I think it is incumbent upon elected representatives to inflict themselves on the members of the public in Canberra in the same way as their parliamentary colleagues on the hill do.

On a serious note, I again thank members very much for their support, and I will foreshadow the government's support of the amendments that Ms Dundas is putting forward.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Broadcasting guidelines

Debate resumed from 6 March 2002, on motion by Ms Dundas:

That:

(A) pursuant to section 5 of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting) Act 2001, the following guidelines apply to the broadcast, or record for broadcast of public proceedings of the Legislative Assembly or a committee of the Assembly:

Guidelines for the Broadcasting of Public Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and its Committees

The broadcasting, or recording for broadcasting, of proceedings is only permitted subject to the conditions outlined below. Permission to broadcast or record for broadcast proceedings shall be on the basis of an undertaking to observe these conditions.

(1) A person who has been granted electronic access to proceedings shall observe the following conditions:

(a) as a general principle, cameras should focus on the Member or witness with the call;

(b) reaction shots of a Member are only permitted if:

(i) the Member is referred to in debate;

(ii) the Member has sought information which is being supplied by a Member having the call;

(c) coverage of the Galleries is not permitted;

(d) panning along the Benches is not permitted;

(e) close-up shots of Members' papers are not permitted;

(f) camera positioning is not to interfere with the proceedings of the Assembly; or of the conduct of a public hearing of a committee of the Legislative Assembly;


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