Department of the Legislative Assembly

Conditions

   

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SPEAKER’S DETERMINATION DLA05 OF 2016

MEDIA COVERAGE OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

I, KEZIA DORCAS TIBISAY PURICK, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, hereby determine the following conditions for the broadcasting, rebroadcasting and televising of proceedings of the Assembly and its committees:

1. GENERAL

1.1       All individuals working for media organisations to cover proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory must be accredited by the Speaker or the Speaker’s delegate;

1.2       Accreditation may be granted by the Speaker or Speaker’s delegate upon receipt of a written request from the Editor/Chief of Staff on behalf of an electronic or print media organisation and may include requests for individual accreditation for nominated staff members of that organisation;

1.3       A electronic or print media organisation may seek enduring accreditation for itself and/or nominated staff members by the method outlined in 1.2 above;

1.4       An accredited media organisation may seek to vary individual accreditation by making the relevant request to the Speaker in writing;

1.5       By requesting and being granted accreditation, a media organisation and/or staff member representing an organisation implicitly undertakes to observe and comply with the conditions set out in this Determination;

1.6       The Speaker or Speaker’s delegate may at any time revoke accreditation for any media organisation or any individual working for a media organisation.

2. DEFINITIONS

2.1       ‘accredited media organisation or personnel’ means an organisation or an individual working for that organisation, each of whom have been authorised by the Speaker or the Speaker’s delegate as a Media/Press Gallery Member and who may carry out coverage of the Assembly’s proceedings pursuant to the conditions of this Determination;

2.2       ‘Assembly’s Proceedings’ means the business transacted by the Legislative Assembly on designated sitting days, and the public hearings of Legislative Assembly committees;

2.3       ‘cover’ means take notes or record by electronic means the Assembly’s proceedings subject to the limitations contained in this Determination. Coverage includes web cast of the Assembly’s proceedings on the Legislative Assembly web site and, in circumstances specified and approved by the Speaker, includes still and video photographic recordings and sound for electronic and print media;

2.4       ‘electronic media’ means licensed television and radio broadcasters and Internet-based news media;

2.5       ‘enduring accreditation’ means authority to cover the Assembly’s proceedings pursuant to the conditions of this Determination for the life of that Assembly. That is, from the first time the Assembly convenes following a General Election until that Assembly is prorogued prior to the next General Election;

2.6       ‘galleries’ means all galleries, both public and press/media, surrounding the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly;

2.7       ‘print media’ means publications, including newspapers and magazines;

2.8       ‘record’ means to take notes or use electronic means to capture the Assembly’s proceedings subject to the limitations contained in this Determination. ‘Record’ includes capturing the web cast of the Assembly’s proceedings from the Legislative Assembly web site, in circumstances specified and approved by the Speaker, includes still and video photographic vision and sound for electronic and print media.

3. CONDITIONS OF RECORDING AND BROADCASTING OF THE ASSEMBLY’S PROCEEDINGS

3.1       Directions of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker or Acting Deputy Speaker on the floor of the Chamber must be observed at all times;

3.2       Recording of a Member who has the call will be no closer than a head-and-shoulders shot of the Member concerned;

3.3       Under no circumstances shall a recording be made of papers on a Member’s desk, material on a Member’s computer screen or any Member who does not have the call of the Speaker;

3.4       The only exception to Conditions 3.2 and 3.3 above is for wide shots of the entire Chamber that do not encroach on any Member’s privacy, papers on the Member’s desk or images on the Member’s computer screen;

3.5       No record of the Assembly’s proceedings taken by electronic or print media organisations gathered in any way contrary to these conditions may be broadcast or printed.

4. CONDUCT OF ACCREDITED MEDIA PERSONNEL

4.1       Electronic devices must be switched to silent at all times in the galleries.

4.2       Under no circumstances shall any electronic device be used to record sound and/or vision of parliamentary proceedings.

4.3       Electronic devices may be used in the Media Gallery only for composition and transmission of reports of parliamentary proceedings.

4.4       Media personnel will be silent while in the galleries and avoid any conduct that would draw attention to the galleries, including draping items over the rail, standing in the doorway, conversing and eating or drinking;

4.5       Media personnel are not permitted on the floor of the Chamber except when approved by the Speaker and must wear business attire (including ties for men).

4.6       Accredited media personnel will be provided with access to Parliament House. The Manager of Security should be contacted to arrange access;

4.7       Accredited media personnel may not enter lobbies on Level 2 or the corridors adjacent to the Chamber on Level 2, nor may they enter the dining areas, Members and Guests Lounge or CPA Lounge on Level 4 without the prior approval of the Speaker;

4.8       Media conferences and interviews are not permitted in the public areas of Parliament House.

5. DIRECT BROADCAST AND RE-BROADCAST OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS FROM INTERNET WEB STREAM

5.1       Direct broadcast and re-broadcast of parliamentary proceedings is authorised to an approved broadcaster subject to the conditions set out in this Determination:

             (a)       through the Northern Territory Government Intranet/Internet web cast network and

             (b)       through the in-house sound, vision and recording system

6.  PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

6.1        Failure to comply with the conditions set out in this Determination may result in accreditation being withdrawn immediately by the Speaker or the imposition of other penalties.

Dated this                    day of                          DECEMBER                           2015 

original signed 22 December 2015

KEZIA DORCAS TIBISAY PURICK

Speaker

Last updated: 12 Apr 2017