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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2351 ..


The commissioner has not asserted that my video is indeed inaccurate in any way as a representation of proceedings, but rather that there was an additional motive or intent to publish such video other than to provide a fair and accurate representation of proceedings.

So apologies from me. I genuinely welcome this report because I think it marks, potentially, a turning point as we have a review coming based on this report of our broadcasting guidelines. Although it is certainly not for me in any way to pre-empt any of the findings of that review, I live in the hope that, at the end of it, we, as MLAs, will be able to share with more Canberrans actual footage of what we do, because I think that would be beneficial.

I believe that a review of those broadcast guidelines is well overdue, noting that: (a) the foundations of the guidelines were constructed at a much earlier point in our fast-moving social media journey as a community; and (b) if the MLA who worked 33 years in mainstream media and ran a social media business is ruled to have misunderstood the guidelines, then I wish the best of luck to everyone else! Thank you.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 2

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.47): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 2—Inquiry into the 2020 ACT Election and the Electoral Act, dated 28 July 2021, including a dissenting report (Ms Clay), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the second report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for the Tenth Assembly. The Assembly referred the inquiry on 2 December 2020. The committee received 29 submissions and held two public hearings. Six questions were taken on notice.

The committee made a number of recommendations, which reflects the depth of engagement in the inquiry and the rich and detailed suggestions for improvement put forward by participants. The 52 recommendations addressed topics including early voting, electronic voting, campaigning rules, roadside signs, donations and reporting, voter participation, and lowering the voting age.

On behalf of the committee, I thank the Electoral Commission in particular for their extraordinary efforts in conducting a free, fair and safe election in the dramatic and evolving circumstances of a pandemic. We also thank the people who took time to write submissions and appear at the hearings for their significant contribution to this


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