Inquiry into social media use in parliament could lead to Twitter ban
by Ashley Gardiner. Herald Sun, December 6, 2011. "State Parliament could clamp down on MPs using twitter in the chamber, with an inquiry to be held into the use of social media during proceedings.
Legislative Assembly speaker Ken Smith today announced the inquiry, which will investigate the use of handheld electronic devices by MPs during sittings.
The use of Twitter by journalists in the press gallery will also be examined..."
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Last updated: 14 February 2012
Inquiry into the use of social media in the Assembly and members reflecting on the Office of the Speaker
Parliament of Victoria, Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee. The Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee is considering:
(1) Should any restrictions, or guidelines, apply to members' use of hand-held electronic devices in the Chamber and committees, including accessing social media to comment on the proceedings?
(2) Should any restrictions, or guidelines, apply to the public and media using social media from the galleries to comment on proceedings or committee hearings?
(3) Do the Assembly's procedures and rules need modernising to reflect the opportunities and challenges provided by social media?
(4) Is the current rule, preventing any reflections on the Office of Speaker, other than in a formal motion, still appropriate? If so, should the rule still apply to reflections made outside the House and to reflections made on social media?
Your submission will be treated as public unless the Committee approves a request from you to treat is as a private submission. Submissions will close on Friday 17 February 2012 at 5.00 pm.