Vic Parliament to investigate Twitter use
By Luke Hopewell, ZDNet Australia, December 12th, 2011. "The Victorian Parliament is set to consider the appropriate use of handheld devices and social-media sites like Twitter during parliamentary proceedings, after one MP used the service to criticise the speaker during a parliamentary sitting.
The Victorian Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee will investigate whether it is appropriate that MPs comment on proceedings via social media, whether guidelines should apply for the use of such services during proceedings and whether the house rules need modernisation as a result of the new technology..."
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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.