Plenty of fresh controversy today in the ongoing scandal of the Federal Government's $250m "gift" to TV networks, with news that both Stephen Conroy and Tony Abbott have been getting uncomfortably close to the media industry.
Plenty of fresh controversy today in the ongoing scandal of the Federal Government’s $250m “gift” to TV networks:
Crikey‘s Bernard Keane reveals that while Tony Abbott has been banging on about the government getting too cosy with the networks, he was throwing back croissants and lattes with media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Meanwhile, The Agereports that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has being doing more than just hitting the slopes with Kerry Stokes:
Parliamentary documents reveal that Senator Conroy has attended football, AFL, motor racing and horse-racing events as guests of the commercial TV networks and other companies that depend on his decisions for millions of dollars in revenue.
“I don’t want Auntie Nellie’s TV reception to be interrupted, so it takes practical and frankly expensive measures to make that work,” Mr Rudd said. “I think Australians want to see Australian content maintained. They want to see the continuation of programs like Underbelly, programs like MasterChef, programs like Packed to the Rafters.”
However, as The Age points out, there no provisions to ensure that the money is spent on creating Australian content.
There was a time when a senior Australian politician needed simply to call up a chauffeur and slide a kilometre or so through Canberra’s streets when a media mogul called up for a jolly little get-together.