The press gallery already has a supporter in new Senator Derryn Hinch. The journalist-turned-politician says his first move will be to try to remove the restrictions. "People have a right to see exactly what is happening on both sides of the Parliament," he said in a statement. "The media -- and thus the public -- should be able to see us in action, or photograph our inaction. If you get caught nibbling your ear wax, or counting your money or dozing: tough." "If I don't get support in the Senate to fix this ridiculous and easily addressed problem, I will give my full support to the Press Gallery in taking this matter to the High Court."
Gallery, Hinch declare war on Senate photograph restrictions
The Senate has notoriously strict policies against publicising what goes on when it is sitting. But the press gallery -- and a new senator -- are trying to change that.