Posted August 05, 2018 05:21:22 A couple in Queensland have been fighting to save the future for their son, who is an amateur photographer.
They are battling the Government’s new restrictions on where photographers can work.
“It’s all about safety,” says Julia Roberts.
“We’re very protective of our son.
Julia Roanters son has been studying photography at a local art college for a year and is now working as a freelance photographer. “
This is a chance for him to go into a profession that’s actually safer, and to go to a place where he can do things he doesn’t want to do.”
Julia Roanters son has been studying photography at a local art college for a year and is now working as a freelance photographer.
“I’d love to see him in the street,” she says.
The new rules will take effect on August 1, 2018. “
I want to have him there, in the back of my mind, and know that I’m always going to be there to support him.”
The new rules will take effect on August 1, 2018.
Julia Roarters husband, Michael, works for a photo studio in Townsville and is currently using his work to get his son involved in photography.
He says the restrictions are not about safety.
“The thing that’s really going to get our son into trouble is the new law, which is the so-called digital photo pass,” he says.
Photo: John Grainger Mr Roberters says there are a number of photographers that can’t do photography at all.
“He’s not even going to do that for a couple of years,” he explains.
“What’s going to happen is that his mum and dad, they’re going to find out that he’s not a good photographer and it’s going on a permanent basis.”
The law currently allows people to work from home for a maximum of 30 days a year, but the Government has been targeting this to be limited to six months.
Julia says she is concerned about the impact the restrictions will have on the family.
“They’re going after photographers that want to come and work for their day jobs,” she explains.
She says she’s been told the restrictions could be detrimental to the family’s ability to afford the $700 to $1,000 a month they need to work full-time.
“People who have a job, they can’t just take that money and just walk away and live on the dole, but what will happen is the kids will go and look for jobs,” Ms Robersts says.
She worries that her son will have to work longer shifts because the restrictions mean he’ll have to go back to school and the school will have a limited budget.
“You’re looking at a lot more of a two-year career,” she warns.
“So it’s a very big sacrifice for him.”
Ms Roerters says the new restrictions will affect her son’s future, but she also hopes it will help the community.
“My heart is with him,” she said.
“That’s what we’re trying to do with this, to have the community support us and to keep this going.”
Photo: Supplied Photo: ABC News What are the restrictions?
The Government says the legislation will not restrict the rights of photographers or the right of anyone to enter a premises to photograph or record in the presence of others.
“A photograph taken in the course of a bona fide trade, occupation or profession of a person, shall be deemed to have been taken within the meaning of this Act,” the legislation states.
Photo caption The restrictions apply to businesses, schools and recreational sites.
Where is the law currently in place?
The legislation states that: “Where a person’s employment is being conducted by a person other than a person who is lawfully authorised to conduct the business of the person, that person shall be entitled to enter and use a place of employment without the person’s permission and shall be prohibited from entering and using the premises.”
The legislation also states that a person “shall not be required to use a computer in the place of his or her employment.”
Photo caption If a person is prohibited from being at a place they are entitled to work, their employer must ensure that they are able to use the premises for their intended purpose.
Photo Caption: Photo: Simon Schluter A loophole in the legislation The Government has said the new regulations will apply to all people working in businesses, institutions and recreational areas.
“As a result of the Government acting on this proposal, there will be no restriction to any person, including photographers, from entering or using a place as required by this Act, and any business that employs photographers will have access to all of the provisions of