August 6th, 2015

The CAMLA Cup trivia night is nearly here - Thursday 13th August - NSW Leagues Club, Sydney. There are only a few tables/spots left so please contact Cath Hill - asap if you want to be part of the fun!

April 16th, 2015

SEMINAR ONE – "National Security: The New Landscape” will investigate the political, philosophical and legal framework in which national security legislation has been introduced to address:

  • Data Retention
  • Telco Interception
  • Intelligence and Security
  • Whistle blowers

How do such measures sit against our modern democratic commitments to free speech, media freedom and individual privacy?   The analysis will include a look at the technology involved in the implementing these laws and how the same issues have been addressed in other jurisdictions.

  • Chair: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Dr Daniel Joyce, Faculty of Law, University of NSW
  • Dr Alana Maurushat, Faculty of Law, University of NSW


Thursday 30th April
6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Drinks and nibbles from 7:30pm
Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, A.M.P. Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney

SEMINAR TWO - "National Security – Where the Rubber Hits the Road" will consider the practical consequences of the new National Security regulatory landscape for:

  • Journalism
  • Intelligence and Law Enforcement
  • Telecommunications; and
  • Privacy

It will look at the difficulties confronting reformers and lawmakers in this area.

  • Chair: Dr Daniel Joyce, Faculty of Law, University of NSW


  • Georgia-Kate Schubert, Australia’s Right to Know Coalition
  • John Stanton, Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance
  • Professor Barbara McDonald, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
  • Bret Walker SC, Barrister, Fifth Floor St James' Hall Chambers

Thursday 7th May
6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Drinks and nibbles from 7:30pm
Ashurst, 225 George Street, Sydney

$70.00 (incl GST) for each seminar for CAMLA, IIC members,  UNSW Faculty &students
$125.00 (incl GST) for both seminars for CAMLA, IIC members, UNSW Faculty & students

$95.00 (incl GST) for each seminar for NON members
$170.00 (incl GST) for both seminars for NON members

Book here for seminar one - "National Security: The New Landscape”

Book here for seminar two -  "National Security – Where the Rubber Hits the Road"

Book here for BOTH seminars


March 31st, 2015

CAMLA Young Lawyers representative, Simone Blackadder, caught up with Lynette Houssarini, a senior lawyer working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), to discuss her extensive role with the national broadcaster and the current challenges faced by the media industry.

This Q & A is available here

To receive the entire issue of the latest Communications Law Bulletin, join CAMLA!
Members also receive discounted rates to CAMLA seminars. Visit the 'membership' section or email

March 27th, 2015

This edition includes:

  • Media Standards: Some Challenges and Opportunities - the National Press Club address from Chair of the Australian Press Council, Professor Julian Disney
  • Case Update: Seven Network Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation by Martin Ross and Mark Lebbon
  • Enhancing Online Security for Children by Claudia Hall
  • Bank Technology Failures: A New Frontier for Regulatory Intervention? By Gavin Smith and Simun Soljo

Members can now receive their journal now by email, post or both.

March 2nd, 2015

"For the third time in as many years, CAMLA held its Young Lawyers Networking Event which was proudly organised by the CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee. The winners of CAMLA's annual essay writing competition were also announced. The event was held on 17 February 2015 at Clayton Utz in Sydney and was attended by approximately 100 aspiring young lawyers with a keen interest in communications and media law. It was an inspiring and informative night culminating in relaxed networking drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee gathered a diverse panel of speakers to discuss their career progression and provide personal and professional insights from life in the industry. The panel comprised Michael Cameron (National Editorial Counsel, News Corporation Australia), Fiona Lang (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide ANZ), Leanne Norman (Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora) and Matthew Lewis (Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers) and was moderated by Hugh Brolsma (Senior Associate, Clayton Utz).

In addition to insights from the impressive panel, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the CAMLA essay competition winners which were selected from a record number of entrants. CAMLA President, Page Henty, presented awards to Sadaat Cheema of Clayton Utz for his essay “Why Australia Needs Site Blocking”, Ian Richards of The College of Law for his essay “Defamation Law and Corporate Plaintiffs: Revisiting the Corporation’s Right to Sue under the Uniform Defamation Laws” and Matthew Boyley of the University of New England for his essay “Australian Internet Data Collection – Are We Fighting to Protect Privacy Which Is Already Lost?”. Each essay will appear in upcoming issues of CAMLA's Communications Law Bulletin."

View pictures of the event here:

(a big thank you to Mandy Chapman, Beyond International for taking these)

Report by Alexandra Gilbert, Corporate Counsel, Bauer Media

February 23rd, 2015

Legalwise have offered CAMLA members a discount for their upcoming Film and Television Law seminar, Friday 27th March, UNSW CBD campus, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney. Please see downloads for the registration form.

February 6th, 2015

CAMLA member, Kieran Pender recently interviewed Victoria Wark in football magazine/website FourFourTwo about her role as Senior Legal Counsel with the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee:

You can read it here:

Victoria is also the co-editor of CAMLA's Communications Law Bulletin.

February 2nd, 2015

CAMLA's Young Lawyers committee are again holding a key networking opportunity for young lawyers and those new to the media and communications industries.

Our panel, comprised of the following fascinating and accomplished speakers, will talk and answer questions about their career paths and professional highlights:

  • Michael Cameron (National Editorial Counsel, News Corporation Australia)
  • Fiona Lang (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide ANZ)
  • Matthew Lewis (Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers)
  • Leanne Norman (Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora)

The finalists of the CAMLA essay competition will also be announced on the night




Tuesday 17th February 2015
6:00pm for 6:30pm
Clayton Utz, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney
$20 per person (incl gst)
Register here by 10th February.