Discussion Panel: 'The Use of Drones in Australia: An Agenda for Reform'

Liberty Victoria, the Australian Association of Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and Colin Biggers & Paisley invite you to a panel discussion on a report titled 'The Use of Drones in Australia: An Agenda for Reform'. 

In an unlikely marriage between two leading industry and human rights groups, Liberty Victoria and AAUS co-authored a paper on privacy and unmanned systems, or drones, which was released earlier this year for Privacy Week and featured in The Australian newspaper. 

The paper calls on state and territory governments to introduce laws that balance the beneficial use of unmanned systems with the need to protect Australians against harmful surveillance. The paper proposes that individuals should have the right to take action against harmful surveillance and that penalties be introduced that recognise the harm surveillance can cause. 

As unmanned systems technology continues to develop and prices continue to drop, ordinary citizens will soon have access to sophisticated surveillance devices. Is it legal for a neighbour to fly a drone over your backyard? Can you stop someone filming you from above at the beach? We invite you to come along to discuss these and other questions and consider the growing concern about the right to privacy at a time of increased private drone use. 


Matthew Albert: Liberty Victoria Policy Committee member, barrister and report co-author

Peggy MacTavish: Executive member of the AAUS board and report co-author

Dan Brush: Special Counsel at Colin Biggers & Paisley 

Date: Wednesday 29 July 2015 

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm (please arrive at 5.15pm)

Venue: Colin Biggers & Paisley, Level 23, 181 William Street Melbourne 

RSVP:  This is a free event but please RSVP at http://www.trybooking.com/ILOQ.

This event is proudly supported by the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, which in turn supports Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Catering, who will provide refreshments at the conclusion of the event.

29 July 2015
5.30pm to 6.30pm (please arrive at 5.15pm)
Colin Biggers & Paisley, Level 23, 181 William Street Melbourne