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Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve

The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures. AAP/Lukas Coch

Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond

The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
The Nine Network’s Here Come The Habibs is one of very few Australian TV programs not dominated by Anglo-Australian faces. AAP/Nine Network

Shock horror: the big end of town has finally discovered Australia’s media is a whitewash

A generation on from revelations about the lack of diversity in the Australian media at the dawn of the digital era, what is pushing this concern now? And what’s changed since then?
Nine’s new online streaming service means it can reach beyond its metro boundaries, and regional broadcasters are not happy. Shutterstock/Antonio Guillem

Regional TV fights back as more programmes are ‘broadcast’ online

The rise on live streaming of television programs is breaking down the protected geographical barriers on what you can watch, and the regional broadcasters are not happy.
When the printing presses stop rolling, digital subscriptions will not be enough to make up the revenue shortfall at Fairfax. Julian Smith/AAP

Fairfax has a plan, but it’s not the paywall

With digital subscriptions barely registering on the revenue front, media companies are staking their hopes on alternative revenue sources.
Australians are increasingly tuning in to traditional broadcast television stations. www.shutterstock.com

Television is not dead, it’s just changing channels

Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year. Expectations are this is just the start of an influx of new streaming options in Australia. The internet and television are increasingly…
Social and digital media perform a function that is humanising by connecting people and allowing freedom of expression. Icons from Shutterstock

Speaking with: Robert Picard on democratising the media

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Is social media really delivering on its promise of democratising communication? Or have we just replaced one model that privileges those with power for another? Dr Andrea Carson speaks with Professor…
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is developing proposals for changing the rules governing Australia’s media. AAP/Gary Schafer

Major media outlets retain online dominance

Major media players continue to dominate online news, current affairs and analysis, despite a proliferation of online news…
Australia’s established media groups have used the internet to extend their domination of news. AAP/Dean Lewins

Australia swims against the tide of democratic media reform

That media ownership rules have been progressively relaxed in many democracies is certainly not news. But that Australia, with one of the most concentrated media markets in the world, is thinking of further…
Consumers have never had more choice, but does that mean more local content? Shutterstock

Archaic cross-media ownership laws won’t save local content

Communication minister Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal for changes to cross-media ownership laws has reignited calls for the government to protect local content. On the surface, it appears reasonable to expect…

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