Labor’s media regulation

March 15th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Michelle Grattan writes:

After an immensely long labour, Australian Communication Minister Stephen Conroy has produced a policy mouse with a modest roar. …

It has a number of aspects but let’s deal particularly with some core controversial ones. A “public interest test” would be invoked when mergers or acquisitions threatened to reduce diversity. A Public Interest Media Advocate would make decisions on the basis of the test.

This advocate would also ensure that bodies dealing with media standards, most notably the Australian Press Council, met certain benchmarks for credible and effective self-regulation of print and online media.

Sounds a powerful role this Public Interest Media Advocate.

Whatever one thinks of the content of the policy, its preparation and presentation has been a shambles.

It was due months ago but held up by internal argument. Now minister Conroy has presented a take-it-or-leave-it package that he says must be through Parliament by the end of next week or the Government will drop it. The actual legislation will only be presented today.

That is outrageous, especially on an issue such as this.

The public will put the Government out of its misery in six months time.

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8 Responses to “Labor’s media regulation”

  1. flipper (3,575 comments) says:

    Presume that is in response to the report last year?

    All fears being proved correct?

    Or…
    Is the timetable designed to let matters rest?

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  2. Redbaiter (7,640 comments) says:

    Socialists showing their true totalitarian colours.

    This is basically just a move to shut down dissent.

    All the left ever really want to do, by some means or other.

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  3. RightNow (6,676 comments) says:

    “The public will put the Government out of its misery in six months time.”

    And if the media regulation legislation is passed before then I look forward to Andrew Bolt being the Public Interest Media Advocate.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/cut-paste/heres-one-to-make-aunty-happy-abbott-could-make-nice-mr-bolt-the-public-interest-tsar/story-fn72xczz-1226597645249

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  4. Ed Snack (1,738 comments) says:

    Have a look at the Telegraph in Aus, first accuses Conroy of acting like Stalin and other dictators, then when Conroy acts all upset about it, publishes an apology, to Stalin ! Stalin you see, at least was open about what he intended.

    Right now has the right idea, let the Liberals announce that they’ll appoint Bolta to the job when (not if) they win. That would fair put the wind up the ABC if nothing else.

    As far as I can see the Australian Labor party can see the writing on the wall with regard to the next election and so are in full wrecking ball mode, intent on doing as much damage to Australia in the next 6 months so that the Liberals will have maximal difficulty governing. Not that dissimilar to Cullen’s “spent the lot” splurge to damage NZ in front of a National win. Then again, I suppose that it’s all Abbott’s fault really, he’s just so negative and misogynistic, that’s why he’s single with no children and doesn’t have any female staff or senior shadow ministers….oh, wait.

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  5. flipper (3,575 comments) says:

    RightNow and Ed S….

    Abbott has pledged to revoke the legislation, period.

    But….
    Where are we at in NZ following the Law Commission rubbish that DPF seems in love with?
    Perhaps his planned US sojourn might bring him to his senses. :)

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  6. All_on_Red (1,383 comments) says:

    That News picture of Conroy as Stalin and the comeback was brilliant. I have never seen a Newspaper be so cutting.

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  7. Kimble (4,383 comments) says:

    I have never seen a Newspaper be so cutting.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

    Every time Labor is asked for examples that justify increasing media regulation they bring up criticisms of Julia Gillard.

    They couldn’t be more stupid. A competent politician would bring up examples unfairly and dishonestly demonising the Opposition!

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  8. kowtow (7,645 comments) says:

    Once again Orwell proved correct on the totalitarian nature of these people.

    “Diversity” being new speak for “control the media”.

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