Mitch Fifield has recognised that Australia’s system of media regulation is outdated.
The problem for Mitch Fifield will be, to a great extent, the same one that has dogged successive large-scale media reform attempts in the past.
While Microsoft, Google and Apple have had to answer questions in Canberra about whether they meet their tax obligations, their media activities seemingly defy regulation.
Current regulations are a complete mismatch for today's media practices and structures. While politicians shy from the debate, it's time to heed public opinion and revisit the Finkelstein Report.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has floated the idea of reforming media laws, but Australia media terrain has changed.
if anything, media concentration is worsening and diversity won't be improved by changing Australia's media ownership laws.