Vic journos warned, don't come knocking

28 November 2013 7:44 AM

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Vic journos warned, don't come knocking

That's the message from Victorian Speaker Ken Smith who says politicians' parliamentary offices are out of bounds for journalists.

Mr Smith told parliament journalists should ring MPs rather than knocking on their doors and they shouldn't wander the corridors.

He said while his doors were always open to the media, he had received complaints from members of all political parties about reporters wandering around the corridors of parliament.

"Can you explain to the house on what basis you would seek to prevent the media, credentialled media, from merely knocking on the doors of members of parliament," he asked.

Mr Smith said under media guidelines, media crews are not allowed in a member's office without their approval.

Parliament corridors are also not to be used for interviews without permission of the member or the individual concerned, Mr Smith said.

"If the members of the media wish to speak to members of parliament it's quite easy to pick up the phone and ring the member," he said.

Mr Andrews fixed a sign to his office door saying "journalists welcome" and said a farcical week in parliament had taken an even more bizarre turn.


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