concerned that the absence of an express right to freedom of expression or
speech in Australia, means that unless artistic expression is specifically
identified as an interest which is to be balanced against any right to privacy,
artistic expression is at risk both through the exercise of the law and through
self censorship by the arts sector itself.
NAVA asserts that Australia
needs to foster the documentation of and commentary on its public life provided by
artists rather than put barriers in their way which would cause them
unnecessary anxiety, cost and waste of time, damage to their artistic
reputations and possible legal conviction.