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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that South Australia's government is considering banning the filming of assaults.

The government told the ABC it would introduce legislation making it an offence to publish "humiliating or degrading" images of people without their consent.

State Attorney-General John Rau said the legislation would be the first of its kind in Australia.

The same state has had to back down on internet regulation legislation in the past, including draconian "political comment" laws that would have required any blogger publishing a political comment to also publish their name. The government backed down and repealed the law.

The relationship between bullying and YouTube has become a cause celebré in Oz, with a clip of a boy retaliating against a bully in western Sydney going viral over the last few days. YouTube has pulled the clip citing its terms of service, and the school has reportedly suspended the children involved. ®

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