Petition for Photographer's rights! (Australia)

Started Mar 11, 2007 | Discussions thread
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IvaBigin Regular Member • Posts: 180
Petition for Photographer's rights! (Australia)

A new on-line petition has been created @

I urge all aussies to consider this petition carefully, as the outcome of current discussions will effect everyone who takes pictures.

Petition Author: "We need to have as many people sign this as
possible. In a few weeks (assuming the petition is well supported) we
will arrange for it to be sent to all MPs within State and Federal
parliament. I'm sure there are a few of us that have regular contact
with politicians through work or private lives, so we need to start
using these connections.

Also, for members of other groups and clubs, please send this link to
them for their support."

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Why the petition? I am glad you asked........

This appeared in the Sunday Telegraph 11 Mar 2007



Beaches and other public areas could become camera-free zones with a
national working committee meeting next month to consider new

Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock said uniform laws were needed to
protect women and children at beaches, on public transport and at
sporting events.

He said unauthorised photography was "clearly a problem" and the new
laws could result in a maximum two-year jail sentence.

The reforms follow several recent well-published reports of so-called

At the Australian Open in January, three men were charged in separate
incidents for using small hidden cameras to secretly film up women's

A man was also caught in January taking photographs up women's shirts
on Melbourne trams.

The Standing Committee of Attorney-Generals, made up of all State
attorney-generals, released a discussion paper on the need for new
laws to control unauthorised photography.

Surf Lifesaving Australia was among those who made a submission. It is
paricularly concerned at protecting its 40,000 young members.

"We have a duty of care to protect our members," Sean O'Connell , of
Surf Lifesaving Australia, said.

"There is no way of regulating how photos of children are used.

"We just want some clarity and consistency in the legislation."

Coogee beach was hit by a spate of voyeures who used their mobile
phone cameras to take photographs of female sunbathers, some of them

A 25-year-old labourer became the first man convicted of using his
phone for offensive purposes in December 2004 and was fined $500.

Some men have been spotted using digital cameras to snap topless


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