May 31st, 2013

The ACMA’s Contemporary community safeguards inquiry is examining the core principles that should guide the content of broadcasting codes of practice.

To help inform this inquiry, the ACMA is hosting a series of citizen conversations.

The themes for the public forums are classification, decency, accuracy, fairness, advertising and privacy. There is also a workshop for broadcasters on the handling of complaints under the codes of practice.

Each forum will feature contributions from subject matter experts, academics, practitioners and other industry stakeholders.

All the forums will be held at the ACMA's Sydney office in Pyrmont. The public forums will also be streamed live on the web.


The forums are free of charge but registration is essential.

Thursday 6 June 2013 
Classification and the time-shifting audience
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

Wednesday 12 June 2013 
Complaints-handling workshop (industry-only event)
8.30 am – 1.30 pm*

Tuesday 18 June 2013 
Getting the facts right: accuracy
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
Fairness, balance and significant viewpoints
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

Tuesday 25 June 2013 
Advertising and the changing world
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

* scheduled times include registration and lunch
† scheduled times include registration and drinks

For further information, including how to register or take part in the forums online, visit, or follow us on Twitter @acmadotgov or at

May 17th, 2013


Setting the Record Straight:
Recent Developments in the Defence of Qualified Privilege, and Other Current Issues in Defamation Law

The defence of qualified privilege has recently been scrutinized by the High Court of Australia in both Trad v Harbour Radio (reply to attack) and Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court (voluntary defamatory publications).
What are the repercussions for defendants?

Members of the NSW Defamation Bar who appeared in both Trad and Holmes a Court, will address the consequences of the High Court’s judgment, as well as other topical issues currently before the courts and legislatures, such as the impact of social media on the law of defamation.

The Panel includes:
• Bruce McClintock SC, 6 Selborne Wentworth Chambers
• Matthew Lewis, Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers
• Gabriella Rubagotti, Barrister, Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers

Moderated by: Miriam Stiel, Partner, Allens

Tuesday 28th May 2013
6.15pm for a 6.30pm start, followed by drinks and nibbles.

Level 28
Deutsche Bank Place
126 Phillip Street
(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets), SYDNEY

Register with MasterCard, Visa and American Express payments via

or email Cath Hill: and send a cheque to:

PO Box 237

May 16th, 2013

The Australian Law Reform Commission is expected to release the Discussion Paper in relation to its "Copyright and the Digital Economy" inquiry by the end of May.

CAMLA and the Copyright Society will be jointly hosting a panel discussion and audience Q&A regarding the issues arising from the Discussion Paper in late June 2013.

Our panellists will discuss the potential impact of the ALRC's recommendations across a number of industry sectors and give a flavour of how industry players are grappling with the issues under review.

CAMLA and the Copyright Society hope that you will be able to join us at Gilbert + Tobin to compare notes on the recommendations.

CAMLA members will be sent further details on this event in the coming weeks or keep in touch via this website or CAMLA's Linkedin page