Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023
23rd Aug 2023
The ALA has made a submission to the Federal Govrenment Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts on the exposure draft of the Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023 (‘Bill’).
In our submission, the ALA agrees with the intention underlying the Bill to ensure that online spaces are safe and productive, and so the effects of misinformation and disinformation being spread online must be addressed – especially where this poses a threat to public safety and Australia’s democracy.
However, the ALA has expressed our concern that human rights – including but not limited to freedom of speech – must be honoured in the Bill and in the process of enacting these reforms. We note this is particularly important in the absence of a federal Human Rights Act, for which the ALA continues to advocate.
Read the ALA's submission here.