Today in Parliament I asked the Minister for Parks, Mr Jaensch, if he understood that our out-of-date legislation makes it illegal for social media influencers to publish photographs taken in our national parks.
I pointed out to him that Tasmanian tourism will suffer if modern forms of online publishing is not addressed. No one will come to Tasmania if they think an innocent snap can land them in trouble with the law. Social media influencers who are participating in perfectly lawful activities in our parks are being made criminals by filming it and promoting our island to the world.
Mr Jaensch seemed unaware of any of these dangers. Like this legislation, he is 20 years behind the times.
Follows is the full text of my question:
The National Parks legislation is costing Tasmania significant tourist income. This legislation is twenty years old and takes scant account of modern social media platforms.
For example, Mr Speaker, a wedding photographer shooting on a beach, a professional tiktokers and social media influencers walking the Overland Track, or someone reviewing camping gear on YouTube are all potentially in breach.
Minister, the media report that the Parks Service has pursued two YouTube creators who’s only crime is to promote how wonderful Tassie is, encouraging people to come and see it for themselves. The danger is if word gets out that Tasmania is prosecuting social media influencers or charging large fees to film each time, then these influencers won’t want to promote Tassie and we lose out on new and key platform of advertising for our beautiful island.
Minister, do you accept our 2002 legislation is no longer fit for purpose and will you urgently bring to this House amendments to bring our laws in line with other states and into the modern social media era?