Media reforms to be focus of Parliament this week

Media reforms to be focus of Parliament this week

The federal government’s media reforms are set to be scrutinised by major media companies today, as they face a Senate inquiry into the package of six bills.

The Senate committee is examining the bills and taking evidence from media companies, academics, peak industry bodies, and the Australian Press Council.

News Limited is leading the charge against the new laws, saying they are unacceptable government intervention and impinge on freedom of speech.

The reforms include  a new public interest test for significant media takeovers, and incentives for TV broadcasters to increase their Australian content.

The legislation will also be the focus of parliament this week, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy saying both houses must vote on the reforms by the end of the week.

But the Opposition have vowed to vote against the legislation, while the Greens and key independents alos voicing concerns.

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott says he doesn’t believed the reforms will pass if they go to a vote this week.

Senator Conroy says the laws are not open for negotation, and will be voted on in their current form.

About author

Libby Dreyer
Libby Dreyer 1729 posts

Libby has worked as a Senior Journalist at National Radio News since February 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Canberra in December 2010.

View all posts by this author →

You might also like

National 0 Comments

Navy may not be able to assist asylum seekers: expert

A Senate inquiry has heard today more asylum seekers will die and the Navy risks being overwhelmed by boats in distress.

National 0 Comments

COAG Health Council to discuss medical internships

The AMA is urging both state and federal health ministers to address the medical intern crisis facing students.

National 0 Comments

Australian man killed in Nairobi mall shooting

DFAT has confirmed one Australian man is among those killed in a mass shooting in a Kenyan shopping centre.

National 0 Comments

QLD to sign up to the NDIS

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman are expected to announce today, the state will sign up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!