Fining people for filming in a public place is government censorship. There should be outrage about the city council fining the producers of Struggle Street. One of the few rights protected by the Australian constitution is the (implied) right to free political expression. If someone wants to make a serious documentary about poverty and welfare dependency in Australia, it should not be for some two bit local grandee to decide whether to put a stop to it (before he’s even seen it). Let’s hope SBS contests the fine in court and argues the constitutional point.

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