Inquiry into the use of social media in the Assembly and members reflecting on the Office of the Speaker


The Committee is no longer accepting submissions for this inquiry.

The following submissions have been accepted by the Committee:

  1. Mr Stephen McDonald, individualpdflogo
  2. Ms Helen Goddard, individual pdflogo
  3. Mr Hugh Rundle, individualpdflogo
  4. Mr Andrew Lockwood-Penney, individualpdflogo
  5. Ms Frances Bell and Ms Alison Savage, ABC News Victoriapdflogo
  6. Mr Martin Foley MP, Member of Parliamentpdflogo
  7. Mr Jeremy Travers, individualpdflogo
  8. Ms Isabelle Oderberg and Mr Grant McArthur, Herald Sunpdflogo
  9. Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery pdflogo
  10. pdf Ms Maria Ann Kolovrat



Terms of Reference

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?