Social responsibility? Digital platforms and elections

Issue date: Friday, 13 September 2019

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Political advertising on social and traditional media is being investigated by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters as part of its inquiry into the 2019 Federal election.

Committee Chair, Senator James McGrath, said social media has blurred the lines of what is and isn’t political advertising.

‘It was clear in the 2019 election that Australians were inundated with a huge volume of political advertising on all platforms. But perhaps of more concern is the rise in political disinformation from ambiguous sources online,’ the Senator said.

‘Smart phones and social media have changed how Australians publish and access information. Digital platforms are taking over traditional media – but the regulatory framework hasn’t kept up.’

‘Electoral integrity is crucial for a healthy democracy. We need to hear from people with solid ideas on how we can keep our electoral processes strong.’

Anybody can make a submission that address the terms of reference. Submissions attract protection under the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1997.

Submissions close 20 September and the Committee expects to hold public hearings later this year.

People wishing to make a submission can call the secretariat for advice or visit for more information.

Media inquiries
Ms Brooke Hargraves
Office of Senator the Hon James McGrath
0458 689 043 or (07) 5441 1800

For background information
Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2374

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