August 27th, 2015

After a very successful inaugural event in 2014, the CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee is once again organising a Speed Mentoring evening to provide an opportunity for young lawyers to meet leading lawyers from the media and communications industry.

Monday 19 October 2015 at 6:00pm
Baker & McKenzie
Level 27
50 Bridge Street, Sydney

Tickets are $20.00 (including GST) and light refreshments will be provided on the night.

Please register here

Enquiries to or 02) 4294 8059

August 14th, 2015

Webb Henderson (team name " was taken") took out last night's CAMLA Cup trivia night.  A special mention goes to Clayton Utz (team name "Companions of the Australian Media") coming in fourth and also winning two table quiz prizes.

We always have a ball thanks to our wonderful MC and quiz master, Debra Richards. Ryan Grant made an excellent 'sous MC' and a big thanks to Raeshell Tang for warmly meeting, greeting and seating our teams.

The CAMLA Cup would not be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors.The prizes were amazing this year and I'd like to thank Gulley Shimeld for taking care of the loot ahead of the night.

A very big thanks from CAMLA to:




Baker & McKenzie

Banki Haddock Fiora

Bird & Bird

Clayton Utz

Copyright Agency

Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Free TV

Henry Davis York

Holding Redlich


Minter Ellison

Network Ten

News Corp

Northern Pictures/ Racat Group

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pan MacMillan

Sainty Law


UNSW journals

Webb Henderson



CAMLA looks forward to continuing this fine tradition next year.

Photos to follow!

August 13th, 2015

A message from the Copyright Agency for CAMLA:

The Copyright Agency Research Fellowships offer two lots of $20,000 per year for advanced critical thinking about copyright and are designed to generate research that will enhance knowledge in the copyright area for creators and have commercial relevance.

Call for entries are open now until 28 August, 2015 with the winners to be announced at the Copyright Symposium at the end of October. Please visit the Copyright Agency website for further details:

Please note the fellowships are not open to current university students, including

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!
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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.