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School Photo Ban
PARENTS have been banned from photographing or
filming their children at school swimming carnivals
after a Sydney council voted for a bar on poolside cameras.
Instead, proud mothers and fathers will be forced to
rely on a single official photographer to get shots of
their children competing at Des Renford Aquatic Centre.
On Tuesday night, Randwick Council narrowly
supported - by 8 votes to 7 - a minute by Mayor Murray Matson banning
use of both still and video cameras at the Maroubra pool.
The policy, to be released for public comment, was implemented because
of "widespread community concern about increasing incidents of unauthorised
photographing of children".
Mr Matson's minute said: "Council must satisfy the concerns of pool users
and parents about filming and photographing within the pools.
"Against this must be balanced the legitimate expectations of schools that
they can record swimming carnival events for the sake of parents."
While parents and teachers attending swimming carnivals have been told by
pool staff that they cannot film the events, schools will be allowed to
appoint an official photographer.
Schools must supply the official photographer's name and the area from which
he or she will be shooting.
Mr Matson claimed the council has had a protocol banning the use of
cameras, including by parents, at the swimming complex since 2003.
That claim was vehemently denied by ALP councillors, who controlled
the council during that year.
ALP councillor Dominic Sullivan, who was mayor before March 2004,
said:"This policy interferes with the basic rights of parents. Mr
Matson is trying to put the blame back on the previous council
when the fact is he's the one supporting this policy."
Daily Telegraph (24-2-2005)
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