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Hinch takes aim at Senate media rules

AAP logoAAP 26/08/2016 Belinda Merhab

Derryn Hinch's first move in the new federal parliament will be to end "ridiculous" restrictive media coverage rules in the Senate.

The man known as the Human Headline insists the move isn't about getting more exposure for himself, but ensuring voters can make fully informed decisions at elections.

As it stands now, photographs can only be taken of the senator who has the call, unlike in the House of Representatives where the media can photograph any MP at any time.

"People have a right to see exactly what is happening on both sides of the parliament," the new senator said on Friday.

"If you get caught nibbling your ear wax, or counting your money or dozing: tough."

If the Senate doesn't back his motion next week Senator Hinch has pledged to support any moves by the media to challenge the rules in the High Court.

The federal press gallery has commissioned advice from constitutional lawyer George Williams on the validity of the rules.

It's understood there may be grounds for a High Court challenge, press gallery president Andrew Meares said.

"The press gallery is concerned that through censorship of parliamentary proceedings the public is unable to exercise a free and informed choice as electors," he said.

"We wish to test the powers senators are using to distort how they are reported to the public when at work in the Senate chamber."

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