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(i) any instruction from the Speaker/Presiding Member or their delegate is to be observed.

(5) Recording of public proceedings should be a fair and accurate record of events and must not be used for:

(j) the purpose of satire or ridicule;

(k) advertising for or by political parties or electioneering; or

(l) commercial advertising or sponsorship.

The Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure has considered the broadcast guidelines and tried to streamline them in a way that makes it appropriate for all people concerned. The principal changes in this guideline relate to the broadcasting of committee proceedings. Until now, a media outlet wanting to film or take photographs of a committee proceeding had to notify the committee in writing giving reasonable notice of wanting to do so. It was usually 15 minutes.

That has now been changed so that persons or organisations intending to broadcast committee proceedings will be able to do so, unless a member of the committee or a witness objects. There are still the usual provisions for ensuring that the propriety of proceedings is upheld and that no photographs or images are taken of what is happening in the gallery or recording of protests or demonstrations. This is a streamlining matter. It will mean that committee chairs, in particular, will have to have their wits about them and be sensitive to the needs of people who are witnesses before a committee. In all, I think it will streamline things for us and I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Amendment Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 17 February 2005, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (11.30): Mr Speaker, the opposition will be supporting this bill. We will be moving one amendment, and I ask for it to be circulated. Some members might have it already. I will speak to the amendment at a later stage. A number of points in this bill and around the whole issue are of some concern to the opposition. Mrs Dunne also will be speaking to this motion in relation to some of those matters.

Mr Speaker, a lot has been done over the years in relation to highlighting the need for proper protection against domestic violence and for other protection-related measures. Over the years, probably going back to the 1980s, some very significant, very strong and, indeed, very necessary legislation has been introduced. There are, of course, concerns

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