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Media law reforms pass the Senate, CRA welcomes changes

Thursday 14 September, 2017
The Federal Government's bill to change media regulations and ownership laws has passed the Senate, 31 votes to 27.

The Government secured the support of the Nick Xenophon Team and One Nation to pass the bill, with trade offs including support for more journalism jobs to satisfy Nick Xenophon and the possibility of a review of the ABC charter to satisfy Pauline Hanson.

Google tells Senate Committee 'we help publishers'

Tuesday 22 August, 2017
Google Australia's managing director Jason Pellegrino told the Senate Committee into Public Interest Journalism today that Google is helping news publishers by driving traffic to their sites and by sharing revenue with them.

Questioned by Senators Dastyari, Xenophon and Singh, he said that Google is also active in fighting fake news with its news algorithm and 'trusted flagging' procedures to identify fake content. 

"People can give us notice of problematic content and we will act on it," he said. 

Media reform delayed as parties negotiate further

Friday 18 August, 2017

A week is a long time in politics.

At the beginning of the week the media reform bill was stalled.

Then Pauline Hanson's party promised to support the reforms if there were additional conditions imposed on the ABC and SBS.

But that approach lost the support of Nick Xenophon and the Greens.

Media companies have expressed disappointment that the government could not reach agreement with he various cross bench parties.

Minister Fifield closer to a cross bench deal for media reforms

Thursday 17 August, 2017

Discussions continue with Senate cross benchers to secure the passage of the Media Reform package.

The package has the unanimous support of the Australian media industry, but is yet to gain majority support in parliament.

The Xenophon Senators "understand the pressures facing Australian media and share the Government’s desire to secure reform" according to the Minister's office, and are on the verge of supporting the media reform bill.

The Government has reached "in-principle agreement" with the Xenophon Team on four measures.

Senate inquiry into future of public interest journalism: AUDIO

Wednesday 10 May, 2017
Four independent Senators have combined to initiate an inquiry into public interest journalism, fake news and the impact of new media.

The proposal  to form the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism has been drafted today by Labor Senator Sam Dastyari (pictured), Greens Scott Ludlam and independents Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie.

The fourth estate needs to be supported: Nick Xenophon

Tuesday 09 May, 2017

Tonight's federal budget will bring media reform across a range of areas including the abolition of licence fees and relaxation of ownership rules.

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