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Media Policy Makers and Shakers: What can government do?


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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

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. Jason has also been appointed parliamentary secretary for employment, minister for home affairs,... Read more

Paul Fletcher

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. He was director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years; he also established a strategic co... Read more

Julian Thomas

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. He is the co-author of a new book, Internet on the Outstat... Read more

Malcolm Long

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. Malcolm was a member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and its predece... Read more

Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam was a senator from 2008 to 2017 and served as deputy leader of the Australian Greens. He has also worked as a filmmaker, artist and graphic designer. He contributed to A Secret Australia: Revealed by the Wikileaks Expose and his memoir, Full Circle, is his first book, the fruit of a li... Read more


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