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Dec 17, 2007

Public interest test? How about some media policy debate in the real world

If you think a public interest test would add anything to our media regulatory framework, you'd have to believe in Santa Claus, writes David MacCormack.

Despite the lack of a Labor media policy during the election, the new Communications – sorry, Broadband – Minister, Stephen Conroy, has spoken about establishing a public interest test for media mergers.

There are some enthusiastic adherents of a public interest test at Crikey, with Margaret Simons, Andrew Dodd and Peter Browne last Friday putting it on their media policy Christmas wish list . That’s entirely appropriate, because if you think a public interest test would add anything to our media regulatory framework, you’d believe in Santa Claus.

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