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Melbourne puts photo ban in the frame

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1. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

In case it has already been mentioned in another thread I'm sorry, but recently a friend of mine has had his camera taken of him for "ilegally" taking pictures without knowing about the new restrictions
Here's a link to an article in the newspaper a month ago, what's your opinion on the ban?


[ Edit: Edited at Sep 5, 2006 5:17 AM by steff ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 10y

I remember reading about that on dpreview about a month ago. As I recall, seizing his camera is not within the rights of the Southbank owners, and he can kick up a lot of trouble about that. (The most they should've been allowed to do is ask him to stop photographing, and escort him off the property if he refused. I wonder who did the seizing; as far as I know professional security guards are actually trained to know what they can and can't do in situations like this. Although it's possible that the ones used aren't professionals at all, but just dressed up goons.)

As for the actual ban, and the whole "terrorism" angle: it's of course completely ludicrous. This is simply a case of these people's power having gone to their heads.
Shame, too, as there's some really good viewpoints on the city skyline from Southbank. *has taken quite a few pictures from there*

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Apparently he had a dispute with a security guard who in the end took away his camera. He could meanwhile pick it up from an office where people at least apologized for the overreaction. As he's just visiting for a few days he can not be bothered to kick up trouble but I totally agree with you that the ban is an act of terrorist paranoia :(.


4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 10y

This is quite frankly the most retarded rule ever. It's also a grave warning about the dangers of privatising public spaces.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Absolute, total, unmitigated, illogical idiocy.

6. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Unfortunatley, someone with half a brain has a knee jerk reaction to an event, comes up with a stupid ruling but fails to explain the full story to the front line block heads who enforces the rule. A tragic truth in modern society. I don't see any way the front line security guys can take your camera without getting themselves into all sorts of trouble. This is kind of like the shopping lifting bluff. They can ask to look in your bag but can't make you show them. I'm sure these guys can ask you to hand over your camera but can't take it.