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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Greens slam media changes

Senator Brown, 12th July 2006

The Greens will vigorously oppose changes to media laws which passed through federal cabinet yesterday, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Perth today.

"The government has buried fundamental changes to our democracy under its internal bickering," Senator Brown said.

"These changes will throw open Australia's media to foreign ownership and will diminish our country's identity, as well as diversity of opinion, news coverage and programming."

"At the heart of these changes, the PM is conceding the right of the Packer empire to buy The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, or the Murdoch empire to buy a TV network, as they desire."

"The strictures placed around minimum numbers of media players in a market, reportedly five in cities and four in the bush, are no balance to the abolition of the much stronger safeguards Australia now enjoys," Senator Brown said.

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