Independent MP Zoe Daniel’s motion for a Judicial Inquiry into Media Diversity is coming to parliament this Monday! It’s a sure sign that with a more diverse parliament than ever, we could finally have the pathway we need to make a Royal Commission a reality.
But the political landscape remains rocky with Labor’s position divided, and not all crossbenchers yet decided on how they’ll vote. It’s up to us to show Labor MPs there’s a groundswell of support and make sure the crossbench knows just how important reforming our media laws are.
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Need some ideas for what to say?
Here’s some talking points you might like to use. But remember that members of parliament love to hear from you, their constituents, about why an issue is important to you. So please share your reasons for supporting a Royal Commission, and as always, keep your email courteous.
- As your local constituent, I am urging you to vote for Ms Daniel’s motion for a judicial inquiry into media diversity.
- Australia’s news media is the most monopolised in the democratic world.
- Murdoch’s revenue share is now three-times bigger than their nearest competitor.
- This inquiry would not be limited to Murdoch. It would examine the powerful monopolies emerging online, including Facebook and Google.
- Just last year, Labor Senators on the Senate Inquiry into Media Diversity unanimously endorsed this judicial inquiry.
- A judicial inquiry has robust investigation powers, including compelling witnesses, and would also be conducted at arm’s length of politicians.
What’s the difference between a Royal Commission and a Judicial Inquiry?
For the purpose of our campaign, they are the same and you can use the terms interchangeably.
A Royal Commission is the highest form of independent inquiry that an Australian government can establish. It has broad powers to summon witnesses, demand documents and obtain answers to complex problems. After hearing evidence, the Royal Commission can make recommendations to government about what laws should be changed to serve interests of the Australian people. Previous Royal Commissions have looked at misconduct in the banking industry, the meat industry and the construction industry.
A Judicial Inquiry with the powers of a royal commission is essentially the same thing. The only difference is that it must be headed by a judge or retired judge.
Last year’s Senate Committee Report on Media Diversity recommended a judicial inquiry with the powers of a royal commission – a position we fully endorse.