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Murdoch media to be focus of parliamentary inquiry

The impact of media concentration on Australian democracy is set to be explored in a new Senate inquiry approved days after a petition by former prime minister Kevin Rudd calling for a royal commission into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – signed by half a million people – was tabled in parliament.

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Opinion

Paying for journalism the price of a healthy democracy

A government-backed ACCC push to make Google and Facebook pay publishers for Australian news risks backfiring on all parties including consumers, argues Richard Holden. He says that government itself should help subsidise journalism in the interests of democracy.

Opinion

Cosy relationships and the decline of SA independent journalism

South Australia’s media landscape is being rapidly diminished by recession, pandemic and the digital impact on advertising revenue. That’s bad news for the state’s culture, conversation and a healthy democracy, but don’t expect government to back diversity, argues Eric Beecher.