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Pollie satire ban no laughing matter

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Australian politicians’ Parliamentary performances will finally be subject to being used for satire if the bill introduced today by independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, is passed.

Senator Xenophon is introducing amendments today to the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 to allow pollies to be “sent up” over what they actually say or do in Parliament.

Under the current legislation, the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings can impose conditions under which proceedings can be rebroadcast or excerpts used. This bill will prevent the Committee from exempting Parliamentary proceedings from being used for the purposes of satire or ridicule.

Programs such as The Chaser, The Project and Gruen Nation have been banned from using images of Parliamentary sittings “for the purposes of satire or ridicule”, a situation Senator Xenophon’s bill will reverse.

For more information contact Nick Xenophon on 0411 626 677