PM: Media law changes not a priority

The Prime Minister says changes to media ownership laws are not a priority for his Government.

This is despite the Coalition flagging changes to media laws, which would allow more foreign investment and owners to have more than one form of media in the one area.

John Howard has told the Seven Network that if the Government can pass necessary laws this term, it will, but it is not on top of its agenda.

“It’s not the most important thing I have on my agenda and I’ve said before I don’t intend to expend an enormous amount of political capital on changing them.

“But I do believe the present laws need changing. I do believe cross media laws should be changed and we should allow foreign investment in the media to get more diversity.

“But, I’m not going to live or die politically according to whether we get those changes through – there are other more important things.”