Media law changes will kill diversity: Beazley

Communications Minister Helen Coonan is considering a bundle of changes to media law including scrapping restrictions on foreign ownership and allowing companies to control more than one form of media in the same metropolitan market.

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says that the Government’s planned overhaul of media law is another example of its extreme activities now that it has control of the Senate.

Senator Coonan has also reportedly proposed a forum of media executives to discuss the changes.
Beazley told reporters at a Canberra press conference that the moves will simply harm diversity in the media:

“An essential part of democracy is diversity in the media and the media laws that were put in place by the previous Government at least guaranteed a certain diversity”.

“It seems to me that what Senator Coonan proposes to do is to move away from that. That’s not good for democracy here.”