Oct 25, 2012

What we know the government thinks on media regulation

Time is ticking for the government to act on media regulation. There's plenty of talk inside the government but nothing concrete is emerging. Could it all be too hard?

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

With only two weeks of the federal parliamentary sitting year to go, the government is down to the wire on one of the biggest issues it has attempted to tackle — a system of media regulation fit for the times.

The Convergence Review, which reported in May this year, was big and overdue.¬†Previous communication ministers had variously fiddled and wimped out, ever since the Howard government failed to implement the Productivity Commission’s landmark report at the beginning of this century. A root and branch review was well overdue.

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6 thoughts on “What we know the government thinks on media regulation

  1. John Bennetts

    In a 3 year cycle, anything contentious which hasn’t got off the ground by the half-way point is probably roadkill.

    Media reform, at least during the current federal term, is as dead as the Dodo.

  2. dazza

    Is this a good time for ALP to put their foot down on the unfair monopolistic obsolete outdated media regulations/ownership that are out of control and only support biased commentators masquerading as journalists and/or moguls. Why is it that only Alan Jones is being subjected to forced re-training and not others? When was the last time a journalist actually followed their own code of conduct?

  3. Edward James

    I would be surprised then pleased if politicians were to be held to the the same standards expected of Alan Jones. Edward James

  4. Ian

    I think the corporate media, like other big business have got our governments by the short and curlies. I don’t expect to see any substantive change to the status quo for the foreseeable future… unless of course these corporations increase their strangleholds on the two parties.

  5. Person Ordinary

    Haha Edward James, very funny.

    I would be surprised if Labor put anything substantial up this sitting, unless it was purely a strategy to deny the opposition a real chance to organise a reasonable response, and so to cast them, once again, as obstructionist through incompetence and division.

  6. my say

    have you contact the Senator with your thoughts.

    enjoyed reading your piece

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