Geoffrey Strong, a senior writer with the The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia has written a thoughtful article about the intrusive and authoritarian restrictions on photography in Australia. See his article Photography bans leave ordinary life out of the picture
Also worth reading are the comments made by readers of The Age in reply to the article.
Mr Strong’s most interesting points relate to the artistic and historic reasons why documenting life matters. Worthy collections or art and life photographed in the twentieth century would probably not have been created in the twenty first century.
I could say “the debate continues” however that suggests a two sided discussion. So far I see little movement on the part of politicians and regulators. They are so risk averse they would rather regulate just in case. I have written about this in earlier journal entries on this site.