Aussie photographers are rallying against absurd, ill-conceived restrictions on photography in public places. Take a big SLR out of your bag on Sydney Harbour or at Bondi Beach and some goon might demand to see your permit.
Local government authorities and parks services around Australia have cooked up regulations which often have no basis in law (as on public beaches, for example). The bureaucrats typically don’t – yet – discriminate between small-scale photographers and the big-ticket types who take over public parks and reserves for advertising shoots. In response, a Sydney-based group called Arts Freedom Australia has been formed and has begun making campaigning for common sense. As one who’s been hassled by self-appointed vigilantes at Bondi Beach, I’m with them all the way.