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- garry on Students told to take off Poppy Sack the teacher for imparting there own views on the children. How disgustingly disrespectful of our fallen fathers.I could ... more
- Tess on 'It can happen to anyone' I year it was NOT AN ACCIDENT IT WAS A DELIBERATE ONCE SHE CHOSE TO DRIVE ....... and she gets congratulated and rewarded ... more
- IBARKER on 'It can happen to anyone' Sorry to "LATE". more
- Graeme Porter on 'It can happen to anyone' Could somebody look at these wire traffic barriers that are being installed everywhere. On the South Gippsland Highway the ... more
- marypenny on 'It can happen to anyone' yea yea yea!allthese rogue booze filled drivers are having a revival and are all successful whatever.Yea we can do it! ... more
- Sean Murphy on Students told to take off Poppy Last time I looked a poppy was not a religious item nor was a bracelet. Where did this teacher get the idea that Remembrance ... more
- Rachel on 'It can happen to anyone' This is a brilliant campaign. Amanda is making such a statement in sharing this story.I frequently attend functions and then ... more
- Gloria on Students told to take off Poppy I am an RSL Poppy Seller and I find this story incredible.What is this teachers background? more
- Irish on Students told to take off Poppy Disgraceful! I hope the principal doesn't take the side of the teacher concerned but as usual the minority win don't they? more
- johnson on Students told to take off Poppy who's...Poppy's...hmmm...looks like the ten year old is not the only one in need of schooling more
- PatQuickCrazy on Students told to take off Poppy Seriously, who are we catering for here?? This is outrageous! Sack the teacher I say! more
- Kate on Students told to take off Poppy So should the teacher now ignore all of the school policies just in case a parent decides their child should be an exception ... more
- Daniel on Students told to take off Poppy So there is a kid wearing a piece of jewellery which he shouldn't be wearing and a teacher confiscates it ... Fair and ... more
- Carl Thompson on Students told to take off Poppy If one of my children was at that school the teacher would get a crowbar around the ears. I hope that there is a patriot ... more
- Dave on Students told to take off Poppy What was the teachers nationality.????It could explain a bit. more
- Eejay 68 on Students told to take off Poppy How unaustralian of this teacher. The wearing of poppies/badges should be encouraged in schools for the week of the event. more
- Vicki simpson on Students told to take off Poppy I've had kids going there for the last 17 year the school has always sold Anzac badges and have sold Poppy's as well the ... more
- Peggy on 'These women have shaken us up' Why should any murder be considered average? The victim is still dead and the impact on the family is just as great so why ... more
- Gloria on Breakfast clubs for schools And how do they determine whether the children are disadvantaged or the parents just plain lazy. more
- Susie on Breakfast clubs for schools Parents get money from Centrelink to do this yet they spend elsewhere. School breakfast program started here years ago when ... more
Attorney-General Robert Clark to head social media working group
Attorneys-General across the country have set up a working group to create national social media guidelines in response to material prejudicial to the trial of Jill Meagher’s alleged killer was posted on Facebook and Twitter.
After Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay revealed Facebook were uncooperative to remove pages inciting violence against the man charged with Jill Meagher’s rape and murder, Neil Mitchell said the world’s most popular social networking site was devoid of social responsibility.
”It’s beyond my comprehension, they have no social responsibility as far as I can see, Facebook. And nor will they attempt to answer to the criticisms,” he said.
Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark told Neil Mitchell government needed to strike a ‘fair and workable balance’ between freedom of speech and avoiding prejudicing fair trials.
”What we've got to do is get procedures that can make sure that material that runs the risk of prejudicing a fair trial can be taken down, that users know what their responsibilities are and…that jurors are properly warned about ignoring prejudicial material that might come to their attention,” he said.
”They certainly say that they want appropriate user policies and to comply with the law. We want to open up that discussion with them.”
Mr Clark said clear protocols needed to be established across the courts and law enforcement agencies in order for offending sites to be identified, leading to Facebook urgently removing them.
"We want to take Facebook and others at face value and try to get some clear guidelines that are workable for them and which protect the community and don't prejudice fair trials,” he said.
Mr Clark said social networking sites were the modern day form of gossip, and the organisations needed to help educate their users about the potential legal risks their posts may contain.
"I'm sure a number of people who put things up on social media wouldn't realise the potential legal consequences,” he said.
LISTEN: Attorney-General Robert Clark speaks with Neil Mitchell: