The Bill Poster laws hit a snag

johnboy 11 February 2009 7

It was with a great degree of disappointment that I learned from the Canberra Times that the Make RiotACT Rich Bill 2008 (also known as the Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008) has hit a snag with objections raised by the Greens, Liberals, and the Human Rights Commissioner.

We discussed these proposals back on 10 December 2008 but the rest of Canberra is now catching up to the issues.

    Opposition spokesman on territory and municipal services Alistair Coe said the changes could impinge on a person’s right to free speech, and was too broad.

    ”It is poorly drafted, vague legislation that will do nothing to enforce laws that are already in the statute book,” Mr Coe said.

    Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur said the Bill, which targeted event promoters who commissioned the posters even if they did not put up the posters themselves, disproportionately punished people. ”We believe this Bill must be amended to achieve a stated purpose without disproportionately impacting on the rights of ACT citizens and or the vitality and culture of our city,” she said.

Aside from RiotACT looking forward to getting more ad dollars from event organisers I hope the issues here can be reconciled.

The problem is large commercial event organisers despoiling the landscape in cheap, environmentally destructive event promotion (posters over everything). In the past they’ve claimed to have no control over the people they’ve paid to put the posters up, and sauntered into the sunset through that loophole.

So it should not be beyond the wit of our legislators to fashion something which targets the big boys without limiting lost pet notices and community announcements. Surely it’s not too hard?

Anyway one of the reasons we have a parliament is to improve the proposals of the executive. I look forward to seeing what comes out of the committee hearings.

Bear in mind that much of the political opposition might be motivated by a desire of Liberals and Greens to despoil the landscape with their own posters. Keep your eyes peeled for a political exemption.

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AndyC AndyC 5:42 pm 11 Feb 09

I really don’t have a problem with bill posters. That’s one of the reasons I love places like Sydney and Melbourne. Driving through a place like Newtown seeing all the what would otherwise be sterile walls with posters advertising concerts or a bands latest release. Definately adds character…

Gobbo Gobbo 12:53 pm 11 Feb 09

Except Belcon Community Festival is organised by Belconnen Community Services which is a not-for-profit association. They might get money from the Govt, but they aint Govt.

PM PM 12:45 pm 11 Feb 09

The thing that annoys me is the fact the ACT government puts up bill posters itself eg Belconnen Community festival. The nerve! Those things are still plastered all over the place.

roccon roccon 12:12 pm 11 Feb 09

Hasn’t William Posters suffered enough ????

Gobbo Gobbo 12:10 pm 11 Feb 09

What I don’t get is how does it impinge on someone’s right to free speech to glue things up on property they don’t own?

Aren’t there already community notice boards in most shopping centres for lost dog notices to be placed?

p1 p1 11:49 am 11 Feb 09

Keep your eyes peeled for a political exemption.

Was having this thought all the time while reading through the post.

Gobbo Gobbo 11:39 am 11 Feb 09

So it should not be beyond the wit of our legislators to fashion something which targets the big boys without limiting lost pet notices and community announcements. Surely it’s not too hard?

Isn’t this a storm in a tea cup? From my reading of the Crimes Act 1900, the above is already an offence under section 119.

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