Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

March 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76093-365-4

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Abbreviations

Members

List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Referral and conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of this report
  Background
  Purpose of the bill
  Outline of the bill
  Consideration by other parliamentary committees
  Acknowledgement
  Note on references

Chapter 2—Key Issues

  Need for the bill
  Accountability for hosting defamatory material
  Anonymity and pseudonymity
  Compliance and enforcement of the bill's mechanisms
  Nominated entity requirement
  Other issues raised in evidence
  Committee view

Labor Senators' Minority Report

  Introduction
  Responding to the High Court decision in Voller
  The bill does not address the problem of online trolling – it may instead make the problem worse
  Additional concerns about the unintended adverse effect of the bill
  Impact on the privacy of Australians
  Australian courts already have the power to ‘unmask trolls’
  Regulatory impacts of the bill
  Impact on the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
  Conclusion

Senator Andrew Bragg's Additional Comments

  Immunity for Page Owners
  The Complaints Scheme Defence

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
legcon.sen@aph.gov.au