The Parliament House press gallery has been notified of new rules regarding their coverage of our representatives. The most notable change is that the photography rules in the House of Representatives and the Senate are now the same. Previously photographers in the Senate were limited to only taking photos of whichever senator “had the call” — meaning, “is currently speaking”. It also includes a change to the rules in relation to Parliament’s basement. Gallery president Andrew Meares wrote to members “following the AFP raid in the basement the Rules now make clear that ‘media related activity’ is prohibited in all basement areas”. At the time of the AFP raid in August, journalists and photographers were ordered to leave a section of the basement but filming of AFP personnel leaving that area was allowed.

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