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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18804

Mr MURPHY (9:29 PM) —Before we go to bed tonight I cannot allow the member for Casey to get away with yet another attack by the government on the public broadcaster. The member for Casey should understand that this government is attacking the ABC every day. The government is very happy to change our media laws to give over our democracy to Mr Packer and Mr Murdoch and to let them control more of the media—which is a very serious threat to the public interest. The public broadcaster is doing a great job, and we all know that. The member for Casey would be better served coming in here and speaking out against the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002, which is concentrating media ownership in this country and is the greatest threat to our democracy and the future of this country.

The SPEAKER —Order! It being 9.30 p.m., the debate is interrupted.