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Converging on media reforms

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 30 Apr 2012

The Greens have welcomed the final report of the Convergence Review into Australia's changing media landscape.

"For the first time in years we have a focus on the harm caused by concentration of media ownership. The Greens will carefully evaluate proposals to reform media ownership rules and introduce a public interest test," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"Sensibly, the reviewers have focused their attention on the big end of town, estimating 15 media operators would be caught by the reforms, while not impacting on the vast diversity of the blogosphere, independent media and social media networks.

"We note that some of the review's findings are at odds with those of the Finkelstein Inquiry into media regulation, in particular the review's suggestion that standards in news and commentary should be enforced by an industry body rather than a statutory authority.

"The proposed reforms to classification standards and local content rules are potentially far reaching and will require detailed analysis. The Greens now look forward to working with the many people and organisations who made submissions to this review, to ensure that law reform proposals are in keeping with the public interest in a free and open media.

"I congratulate Mr Boreham and his team for producing a thoughtful and comprehensive set of proposals for the Parliament and the public to consider," Senator Ludlam concluded.


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