New News: Media Policy Makers and Shakers: What can government do?
Two years ago, our media was convulsed by panic over the Finkelstein Inquiry into news media regulation and the Convergence Review. What happened about all that, and what should have happened? What, if anything, can government do to encourage a vibrant news media?
With Paul Fletcher, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Communications, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Jason Clare, Shadow Minister for Communications, Malcolm Long, member of the Media Convergence Review. Chaired by Julian Thomas, Swinburne University of Technology.
Jason Clare is the federal member for Blaxland, and shadow minister for communications. Before entering parliament he worked as a senior adviser to NSW Premier Bob Carr and as an executive at Transurban.
Paul Fletcher is the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Communication and the federal member for Bradfield. Prior to entering parliament, Paul worked in the communications sector.
Julian Thomas is director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and Professor or Media and Communications at Swinburne. His research interests are in new media, information policy and the history of communications technologies.
Malcolm Long, AM was a member of the Media Convergence Review in 2011-12. He has been executive director of the Australian Film Television & Radio School and chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Scott Ludlam, an Australian Greens Senator from Western Australia, is the Greens spokesman on such issues as communications, housing, mining and nuclear power.