Maybe this is why we don’t want to allow our photographers to snap politicians in the upper house when they’re not standing or speaking.
If you’ve been a bit out of tune with politics recently, there’s been a bit of consternation in the upper house of federal parliament this week. Spurred on by Fairfax photographer Andrew Meares, who is president of the Press Gallery committee, debate has stirred over the possibility of loosening the rules around what photographers can and can’t capture in the Senate.
The rules between the House of Representatives and the Senate are wildly different. The lower house is quite relaxed with what can be photographed, but the upper house only permits photographers to capture senators when they have been given permission to speak — in other words, only when a Senator is standing and talking. Everything else is off-limits.
But I can understand why some Senators wouldn’t want to be photographed. During a moment of unrelated business today, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann rose for a point of order. The Shadow Defence Minister was having a bit of fun, and he wasn’t going to stand for that.
In fairness, the Senate is having a bit of a marathon session today. Perhaps the Shadow Defence Minister could use that time to check out some Aussie mobile games; in a long day of voting, Crossy Road seems appropriate.