Truth in Political Advertising Laws and the Australian Constitution

08/10/2022 05:30 pm 08/10/2022 06:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Truth in Political Advertising Laws and the Australian Constitution

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Join Monash Law and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law for a special webinar about truth in political advertising laws and the Australian Constitution.

There are increasing calls for Australia to enact federal truth in political advertising laws to ensure that misinformation and disinformation do not undermine the democratic process. This forum will discuss the operation of South Australia’s long-standing truth in political advertising laws, which are sometimes suggested as a model for a federal law. What is their scope and how are they enforced in practice? This forum will also discuss the relationship between truth in political advertising laws and the Australian Constitution’s implied freedom of political communication. What are the constitutional limits to regulating truth in political advertising?

This is a free online event.


Speakers

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Mr Mick Sherry, Electoral Commissioner of South Australia

Mick Sherry has been Electoral Commissioner of South Australia since 2017. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr Sherry held roles at the state and federal level including with South Australia Police, the Western Australia Royal Commission into Police Corruption, the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia and the Victorian Office of Police Integrity.
@SAElectoralCom

Mr Kieran Pender, Honorary Lecturer, ANU College of Law

Kieran Pender is an Honorary Lecturer at The Australian National University College of Law. He is also a lawyer and award-winning journalist. Kieran has published a number of scholarly articles, including ‘Regulating Truth and Lies in Political Advertising: Implied Freedom Considerations’ (2022) 44(1) Sydney Law Review 1. His research was previously recognised with the 2019 Australian Association of Constitutional Law’s Saunders Prize for Excellence in Scholarship.
@KieranPender

Professor Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide

Lisa Hill is a Professor of Politics and Director of the Stretton Institute's Democracy, Security, Trust and Integrity Research Program at the University of Adelaide. Her most recent work explores political exclusion and inclusion, voter behaviour and correlates of voter turnout and issues in liberal democracy.
@lisahil62727054

Chair: Associate Professor Luke Beck, Monash Law

Luke Beck is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash Law.
@DrLukeBeck


A collaboration between

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Event Details

Date:
10 August 2022 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Description

To watch this past event, click play on the video below:

Join Monash Law and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law for a special webinar about truth in political advertising laws and the Australian Constitution.

There are increasing calls for Australia to enact federal truth in political advertising laws to ensure that misinformation and disinformation do not undermine the democratic process. This forum will discuss the operation of South Australia’s long-standing truth in political advertising laws, which are sometimes suggested as a model for a federal law. What is their scope and how are they enforced in practice? This forum will also discuss the relationship between truth in political advertising laws and the Australian Constitution’s implied freedom of political communication. What are the constitutional limits to regulating truth in political advertising?

This is a free online event.


Speakers

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Mr Mick Sherry, Electoral Commissioner of South Australia

Mick Sherry has been Electoral Commissioner of South Australia since 2017. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr Sherry held roles at the state and federal level including with South Australia Police, the Western Australia Royal Commission into Police Corruption, the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia and the Victorian Office of Police Integrity.
@SAElectoralCom

Mr Kieran Pender, Honorary Lecturer, ANU College of Law

Kieran Pender is an Honorary Lecturer at The Australian National University College of Law. He is also a lawyer and award-winning journalist. Kieran has published a number of scholarly articles, including ‘Regulating Truth and Lies in Political Advertising: Implied Freedom Considerations’ (2022) 44(1) Sydney Law Review 1. His research was previously recognised with the 2019 Australian Association of Constitutional Law’s Saunders Prize for Excellence in Scholarship.
@KieranPender

Professor Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide

Lisa Hill is a Professor of Politics and Director of the Stretton Institute's Democracy, Security, Trust and Integrity Research Program at the University of Adelaide. Her most recent work explores political exclusion and inclusion, voter behaviour and correlates of voter turnout and issues in liberal democracy.
@lisahil62727054

Chair: Associate Professor Luke Beck, Monash Law

Luke Beck is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash Law.
@DrLukeBeck


A collaboration between

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E-Mail
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