(a) I for one would be really unhappy if our legislature decided to spend time in parliament to debate this as a national issue and pass laws - there are many more important things that can be done ahead of such laws.
(b) the odds of any judicial precedent being set is very low given the cost-benefit analysis.
I think the report illustrates clearly that if you want to get your way, you need to be willing to stand up for it properly.
(i) Don't give up just because you are deterred by shopkeepers, security guards, etc. but don't be an arse about it either. There is a space for photographers
(ii) With enough persistence the space for photographers will open up in a systematic way. eg. Esplanada and National Library which have obviously by now thought through what their policy will be from now on.
Hope in the future forummers will read this report before asking questions. Else vince123123 will continue to be very busy fielding these sort of questions. haha