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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2010) . . Page.. 277 ..

As part of this resolution, the broadcasting guidelines have been revised to simplify the process for obtaining permission to record proceedings for later broadcast and to make the guidelines for camera operators a little less restrictive. Panning shots along the benches will now be permitted and the prohibition on filming the public galleries has been changed to a requirement not to focus a camera on a person sitting in a public gallery. However, the requirement not to take footage of conversations between members which are not part of the proceedings has been made clearer.

Continuing resolution 3 itself has also been streamlined. It no longer contains the actual guidelines but authorises the Speaker to make guidelines pursuant to section 5(2) of the act and sets out the requirements relating to permission to broadcast. Organisations which previously needed to seek the Speaker’s permission each sitting week will now be granted permission for a calendar year, provided they agree to abide by the guidelines. This has simply been done to minimise the administrative work required of both the Speaker’s office and media organisations. An annual request for permission also provides a yearly opportunity to remind broadcasting outlets of their obligations under the guidelines.

The resolution also authorises the Speaker or a committee chair to withdraw permission to broadcast if the guidelines are breached, ensuring that there is the ability to enforce those guidelines if required. The broadcasting policy framework and guidelines were endorsed unanimously by members of the administration and procedure committee on 4 December 2009. Once this motion has been passed the guidelines will be placed on the Assembly’s website.

I thank the members of the administration and procedure committee for their input on this and for the useful discussions we had around it. I commend the amended resolution to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2010-2011—Select Committee


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.29): I move:


(1) a Select Committee on Estimates 2010-11 be appointed to examine the expenditure proposals contained in the Appropriation Bill 2010-2011 and any revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the 2010-11 Budget and prepare a report to the Parliament;

(2) the Committee be composed of:

(a) one Member to be nominated by the Government;

(b) two Members to be nominated by the Opposition; and

(c) two Members to be nominated by the Greens;

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