Mar 30, 2017

The dos and don’ts for media working in Parliament

What can and can't you get away with doing if you're a journalist or photographer working in Parliament?

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


Throughout this sitting week, AAP's photographers and bureau chief in Parliament House have been banned from working in the building. This is the publication's punishment for taking photos of protesters in the gallery in the House of Representatives in the last sitting week of 2016.

The punishment came due to a breach of the rules set by the speaker, and the president of the Senate, over what media can and can't do within the halls of power. AAP isn't the first, but often most journalists get off with a warning, or a reminder and a request to delete the photos. For example, journalists shared photos online of Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull looking at their phones and watching the US election results in November. Filming screens is banned, and the photos were subsequently deleted.

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3 thoughts on “The dos and don’ts for media working in Parliament

    1. Josh Taylor

      And give it a few days before that tweet is pulled down. Has happened before.

  1. rumtytum

    I know a lot of Crikey’s readers are journalists and I know that some of them even work in parliament house in Canberra but for heavens sake, does Crikey really think this tedious whinge about the intolerable burdens of journos in that place is worth any space at all, let alone the amount it occupies. Perhaps next Bernard Keane can give us a 2000 word diatribe about the unfair way shoppers are treated at his local supermarket and complain bitterly about the people who go through the 12 item checkout with 13 items in their basket. Parliament house in Canberra looks like replacing AFL as Crikey’s obsession.

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