Former ALP supremo supports Rudd’s Murdoch Royal Commission petition
Cameron Magusic, Catalyst joint culture editor
Hawke government minister and Australian Labor Party president Barry Jones says
he is ‘very sympathetic’ to former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s record-breaking
parliamentary petition calling for a Royal Commission into Rupert Murdoch’s
the comment while speaking to RMIT Catalyst about his new book, What is to be done: political engagement
and saving the planet, published by Scribe.
book, Jones names media mogul Murdoch as one of four Australians who “have far
more political influence than GetUp’s one million supporters” (p. 327).
Rudd’s petition, which Labor MP Andrew Leigh tabled in federal parliament on Monday, expresses concern “Australia’s print media is overwhelmingly controlled” by Murdoch’s News Corporation.
control “is routinely used to attack opponents in business and politics by
blending editorial opinion with news reporting”, according to the ‘petition
reason’ on the Parliament of Australia’s website.
Last week, the
petition achieved the milestone of getting more than 500,000 signatures and has
beaten the previous record of more than 400,000 signatures endorsing a petition
calling for a climate emergency declaration.
petition ends by asking the House “to support the establishment of such a Royal
Commission to ensure the strength and diversity of Australian news media”.
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