Feb 26, 2014

‘Natural justice’ and ACMA: why the broadcast regulator takes so long to rule

John Laws has been smacked on the knuckles -- 10 months late. So why does Australia's broadcasting regulator take so long to rule? Crikey investigates the often painful process.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

In March 2013, radio host John Laws asked a women who had been sexually abused when she was six whether it had been her fault.

The question landed the broadcaster in front of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which found him not guilty of breaching the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice and Guidelines (Laws’ comments and line of questioning were deemed “a clumsy attempt to show empathy and support”). It took 10 months to come to this conclusion — the ruling was only released in mid-January this year.

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One thought on “‘Natural justice’ and ACMA: why the broadcast regulator takes so long to rule

  1. sebster

    Wow. What an hilariously absurd letter from Kelly Hazell Quill Lawyers. Quite the comedy routine, Justin Quill.

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