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.

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<p>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.</p>

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