"The Minister dictated that the committee would have just three weeks to conduct its inquiry. Members of the public were given just over a week to make a submission on the legislation. In contrast, the Government has spent well in excess of 12 months negotiating its plan with the media moguls."

That was then-shadow communications minister Stephen Conroy in 2006, complaining about how the then-government had established a "perfunctory" inquiry into media reform. "The hearing itself was nothing short of a farce. The committee was forced to cram more than 30 witnesses into just two days," Conroy complained in the Labor Senators' dissenting report.