As references are hard to find beneath the mountain of blather in the media this week, the two bills that set out the proposed scheme which allegedly poses threats to the very pillars of our democracy, and the second reading speech in each case (Hansard 14 March) are as follows. The main legitimate gripe is the government's handling of all this and the two week "take it or leave it" ultimatum. A Senate committee has a few days to examine. No ticks for the process in getting to this point (five years since the ALRC recommended some slight tweaks to the exemption from the Privacy Act) or managing it from here on.
News Media (Self-regulation) Bill 2013
News Media (Self-regulation) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013