Parliamentary rule change boon for free speech


The federal Coalition government has this week made an excellent decision that expands free speech in Australia.

Rules banning the use of parliamentary photographs and footage for satire and ridicule have been repealed:

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said it was time the rules shielding MPs from satire or ridicule were dropped.

“It seems a quaint anachronism that the most public forum in Australia’s democracy protects itself with an ineffective shield that simply invites ridicule,” Mr Pyne said.

Specifically, the rule change allows digital alteration of parliamentary photos and footage for the purpose of satire and ridicule. It means images like the one above will no longer breach parliamentary broadcast rules.

This is a victory for free speech and the Coalition should be commended for making such a sound decision.


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