March 10th, 2016

It’s often said that the media spends too much time talking about itself, but for once it may be justified in doing so. Media ownership regulation changes, new competitors challenging old business models, renewed talk of merging the public broadcasters and the sight of Shane Warne terrorising the people of Africa combine to make it the most exciting time to be talking about media.

Join a stellar panel of media experts to discuss the commercial and regulatory challenges and opportunities facing media today. Will ownership changes pass the Australian Parliament and what will happen if they do? Are current business models sustainable or how will they evolve? What’s the future for the local and international production sectors and how should they be funded? These are just some of the issues that will be explored at this timely seminar.

Our distinguished panel includes:

Michelle Guthrie (incoming CEO, ABC, MD, Agencies APAC, Google, exMD Providence Equity, exCEO Star TV)

David Haslingden (CEO, RACAT Group, Director Ardent Leisure, exChairman Network Nine, exCOO Fox Networks Group)

Deanne Weir (Founder, WeirAnderson, Deputy Chair Screen Australia, Chair of Hoodlum and AiMedia, ex Group Director Corporate Development, Austar Entertainment)

The seminar will be moderated by Bruce Meagher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Foxtel


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

6:15pm for a 6:30pm start

(followed by drinks and canapés)

Clayton Utz, Level 15, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

Register here

$70.00 (incl GST) for CAMLAmembers

$95.00 (incl GST) for non-CAMLA members


For cheque payments and other enquiries, contact: Cath Hill (02) 4294 8059 or

March 8th, 2016

CAMLA Young Lawyers Networking Event - report by Danielle Slimnicanovski

On 2 March 2016, the CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee proudly organised a Young Lawyers Networking event at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Almost 100 aspiring young lawyers with an interest in the communications and media industries attended. They gained valuable insights into the career paths of an accomplished and inspiring panel who candidly recounted their professional highlights and challenges:

  • Sue Chrysanthou (Barrister, Blackstone Chambers)
  • Grant McAvaney (Senior Lawyer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Alison Jones (Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth)
  • Jeannette Scott (Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising)

The winners of CAMLA’s annual essay writing competition were also announced.
CAMLA Committee Member, Larina Mullins of News Corp presented the following awards:

First prize: Joel Parsons of UNSW for his essay “Publication and Constructive Knowledge: Jurisdictional Divergence in Australia

Second prize: Adrian Dean (Deakin) for his essay “After Dallas Buyers Club: Can Piracy Be Curbed outside of the Court?

Third prize: Rachel Baker (Ashurst) for her essay “How Australia's Second and Third Estates are undermining the Fourth”.

The essays will appear in upcoming issues of CAMLA's Communications Law Bulletin.

March 1st, 2016


The Australian Press Council is hosting a major international conference in Sydney.

Key themes of the conference will include:

  • the influences of technological, social and commercial change on journalism quality;
  • the need for reform of secrecy, censorship and defamation laws and the risks of over-regulation by governments;
  • the role of independent press councils in enhancing press freedom by setting high standards and maintaining public confidence.

Please visit the Australian Press Council website for further details.