Media Release: Postal Survey - Offensive, Misleading or Intimidating Material or Behaviour

5.00pm | August 21, 2017

SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER

CHAIR, FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

POSTAL SURVEY – OFFENSIVE, MISLEADING OR INTIMIDATING MATERIAL OR BEHAVIOUR

The Chair of the Senate inquiry into the postal survey, Senator McAllister, has called on Australians to report offensive campaign material. The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee has been given wide ranging powers to inquire into the conduct of the postal survey, including considering:

“e. protections against offensive, misleading or intimidating material or behaviour, especially towards affected communities”

Senator McAllister said: “Hateful contributions to public debate should not be allowed to go unchallenged.  Less than a fortnight into the government’s expensive and unnecessary postal survey we are already seeing examples of campaign material that doesn’t meet the standard of respectful debate. It is important that the parliament gains a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the campaign. Today I will be writing to community advocates and organisations asking them to alert the Senate inquiry to any offensive, misleading or intimidating campaign material or behaviour. I would encourage any concerned Australians to do the same.”

People should make any submissions in writing to the secretariat of the Committee.

Committee Secretariat contact

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600 

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809
fpa.sen@aph.gov.au

ENDS

MONDAY, 21 AUGUST 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: REUBEN RAY(MCALLISTER) 0402 821 188