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We're very grateful to have the opportunity to contribute. We feel, as others to this Inquiry, that we strongly support the principle of freedom of expression for the press, but I suppose where we have concerns is that freedom of expression for the press doesn't always tackle exactly what the high ideals of journalism are, as I understand it, about, which is, as others have well put this morning, holding our states to account, holding decision-makers to account, challenging the status quo and the norms of our society, imparting information in a way that is not misrepresenting, in a way that is not misleading, in a way that is accurate, and what we are concerned about is our -- as others have said, our press not only reflects our society but can also create and shape and reinforce standards in our society, and if we do not take into account the existing power and balances that are in our society at the moment, then you can simply replicate discrimination, sexism or a misleading interpretation of what is occurring, and for us, we feel the press has a really vital important role to actually challenge the status quo and the sexism and discrimination in our society and can do that in a way that doesn't actually conflict with the principles of freedom of expression but it requires maybe some tweaking, amendments, some better guidance. So we will be calling for things like better guidelines, some greater involvement of independent parties, greater liaison with groups who deal with equalities-type issues and we think that we can go a long way to actually delivering what the high ideals of journalism are about in a way that is not so harmful as it, we believe, currently can be to women, such as deterring women from bringing forward complaints about rape being just one example which I can talk more to in my submission.

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