Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi has moved to ensure families and friends are not targeted for $900 fines for flying drones this Christmas season.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) issued a direction recently, mandating that only those involved in the essential operation of a drone could be within 30 metres.
The ABC reported in July that the pre-existing regulation, with similar wording, saw a wedding guest fined $900 for this photo:
Senator Bernardi moved in the Senate, for debate this week, to disallow the Direction. He has invited his Senate colleagues to consider giving direction to CASA on 30 metre restrictions that would be more in keeping with common sense.
The Adelaide Advertiser this morning quoted Senator Bernardi: "This is just another example of where the heavy hand of government is impacting on harmless family fun. Come Christmas, every family that finds a drone under their tree will likely find themselves breaking the law just by using it."
UPDATE : As AAP reports this afternoon, the Senate this afternoon voted down Senator Bernardi's motion. Australian Conservatives tweeted: