Derryn Hinch

Media outlets have been cautious in reporting Derryn Hinch's maiden speech in the Senate last night, with some naming a few of the convicted sex offenders he named under parliamentary privilege, and most choosing not to name any at all.

Under parliamentary privilege, Hinch faces no legal repercussions from naming the string of convicted paedophiles in the Senate last night. Crikey's own legal advice says that Hinch's absolute privilege extends to broadcasts of his speech (Sky News and the ABC aired the speech live), but any other reporting can only rely on qualified privilege -- the media is protected in repeating Hinch's comments (though not necessarily anything more about the cases) so long as they're part of a fair and accurate report of parliamentary proceedings.