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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 17 March 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1146 ..

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

These guidelines apply to the broadcasting of Legislative Assembly and committee proceedings to the public by radio, television, landline, the internet or any other electronic means.

The broadcasting of proceedings is only permitted subject to the conditions outlined below. Permission to broadcast proceedings shall be on the basis of an undertaking to observe these conditions: (See also Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting) Act 2001)

Persons or organisations intending to record for broadcast proceedings in the Legislative Assembly chamber must seek the approval of the Speaker in writing giving reasonable notice.

Persons or organisations intending to record for broadcast committee proceedings will be able to do so, unless a member of the committee or a witness objects.

A witness at a public hearing of a committee shall be advised in advance of appearing that the proceedings may be recorded for broadcast. A witness shall be given reasonable opportunity to object and to state the ground of the objection.

A person who has been granted access to record for broadcast the proceedings shall observe the following conditions:

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

reaction shots of a Member are only permitted:

if the Member is referred to in debate;

if the Member has sought information which is being supplied by a Member having the call;

coverage of the Galleries is not permitted;

recording of protests or demonstrations is not permitted;

panning along the Benches is not permitted;

close-up shots of Members’ or witnesses’ papers are not permitted;

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;

the use of flash, other sources of additional light and motor driven cameras is not permitted;

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