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Stephen Conroy’s Media Reforms: Another Gillard Govt Stuff Up.

March 12, 2013
Stephen Conroy: a total knob.

Stephen Conroy: a total knob.

Building on the success of his National Internet Filter Proposal, Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has unveiled a new swag of reforms for Australia’s media sector.

The Federal Government has successfully endeared itself to internet users and ISPs alike by previously announcing its national internet filtering proposal and more recently Nicola Roxon’s proposal to enforce a mandatory reporting of each and every Australian’s internet usage to be held in storage by online providers for two years. Hooray!

The Federal Government says it will now “overhaul complaints” against the media as part of a package of reforms which includes changes to ownership, press oversight and TV network licence fees.

However in a telling indication that no one actually supports the plans (yet again), Senator Conroy insists that the reforms must be passed by parliament by the end of next week.  That has as much chance of succeeding as I have of becoming the new pope.

How long must we endure this incompetence and monumental waste in taxpayers’ money…?



49 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2013 8:10 pm

    Joolya`s lot just can`t stop giving Mr-Rabbit clubs to to beat them about the head with.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    March 12, 2013 8:26 pm

    How long must we endure this incompetence and monumental waste in taxpayers’ money…?

    Until the next lot get “IN”?

    Our guide in Egypt (1997 – fk me! 1997!) “Nothing is new” …

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 12, 2013 8:41 pm

    It’s time for the government to put the spotlight on line media and the hopeless “make up the rules as they go” standards.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    March 13, 2013 4:34 pm

    How amusement! ClustrMaps show more people from the USA lurk here than Aussies … LOL!


    On topic, I watched “some” of the interview on Lateline … why does this bloke come across as a twit? (I suppose there IS a simple answer to that) ..

    What disapponted me is that the luvly Emma Albarechi didn’t raise the issue of everyone’s internet use (including emails I believe – stand to be corrected) – being recorded for two years by ISPs (and then its destroyed – yeah right!) …

    The net nanny proposal was just as silly and never got a guernsy let alone a chance at playing … Fuckwits™ all!

  5. el gordo permalink
    March 13, 2013 5:21 pm

    ‘ONLINE giants such as Google, news and opinion sites such as and the plethora of blogs that aggregate content created elsewhere would not be regarded as significant media organisations under proposed new media laws unveiled yesterday by the federal government.’

    Sally Jackson in the Oz

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    March 13, 2013 5:32 pm

    Because most blogs simply “comment” on the “news” gathered by news media … big difference … blogs only harness opinion … while it may appear that news media “professionals” (I use the term loosely) also offer an opinion – they generally SHOULDN”T!

    As for Google – its a fkn search engine … not a media giant … what’s Ms Jackson’s background?

  7. el gordo permalink
    March 13, 2013 5:38 pm

    Journalism, Technology Journalism, Branded Content Development, Media Marketing. Pointroll, SRDS.

  8. March 14, 2013 3:14 am

    ” That rejected the findings of the earlier Finkelstein inquiry into the media that recommended websites getting 15,000 hits a year should be subjected to the same level of regulation and scrutiny as major news organisations.”

  9. March 14, 2013 4:11 am

    ” A modest, some would say timid, response by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to the Convergence Review and the independent media review of Ray Finkelstein was met with an hysterical, deceitful and typically self-serving response by the press.”
    of course it is timid

  10. March 14, 2013 4:19 am

    ” Conroy’s announcement put him up there with the worst and bloodiest tyrants in history, Christopher Dore was taken out and shot, and the editors had their homes burned down.”
    mr lefty should let conroy get-off this promise

  11. March 14, 2013 4:26 am

    ” Conroy had significantly watered down proposals made by the Finkelstein inquiry which called for the establishment of a News Media Council, ”
    yes, Finkelstein proposals are well watered down. The embedded media are in desperate need of `adult-supervision`, but the are determined to keep guzzling red cordial, tea-flavored of course

  12. March 14, 2013 4:53 am

    Kim William, Limited-News ceo and george brandis look-alike, self-serving rant, dressed-up as public interest.

  13. March 14, 2013 11:57 am

    breaking news!

    Craig Thomson has told ABC News he won’t be supporting the Government’s media regulation bills.

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 14, 2013 1:25 pm

    So… does that mean Craig thinks the media reports fairly? Or that the media has more on him? Or he can’t stand Conroy/Gillard?

    Maybe he has reached another ‘out of court settlement’… that is, he’s surrendered.

  15. Ol' Sancty permalink
    March 14, 2013 2:08 pm

    It just means that on a pretty disgraceful bill, they are testing the Coalition’s commitment to cancel out his vote. It will be an interesting test too.

  16. March 14, 2013 5:49 pm

    Mr-Rabbit and Mr-Poodle race for the door, again! Snacky

  17. March 15, 2013 2:22 am

    google treanslate doesn`t seem to handle latin too well

  18. el gordo permalink
    March 15, 2013 7:55 am

    This ‘disgraceful bill’ is further proof that joolya is a watermelon at heart.

    ‘It’s hard not to believe that the Gillard government is now so convinced of defeat that it is ensuring Labor’s traditional enemies – big business, billionaires, media barons, Liberal states, big tobacco, mining and, of course, Tony Abbott and the Coalition – will inherit a poisoned well if the ALP does lose.’

    Dennis Shanahan in the Oz

  19. el gordo permalink
    March 15, 2013 8:13 am

    ‘The extent of the Communications Minister’s ambition to control the contents of this and other newspapers is now becoming clear, as are Stephen Conroy’s reasons for rushing his legislation through parliament so fast it will hardly touch the sides. If Senator Conroy prevails – and he has already told us it is his way or the highway – his hand-picked Public Interest Media Advocate will be up and running in time for the September 14 election with extraordinary powers to determine what is, or what is not, in the “public interest”.

    Oz Editorial

  20. el gordo permalink
    March 15, 2013 12:10 pm

    ‘Surely the Greens and independents who promised, in their own words, to pursue “transparent and accountable government, improved process and integrity of parliament” must demand that Senator Conroy’s ultimatum be rejected?’

    Kim Williams

  21. Troof to power permalink
    March 15, 2013 1:46 pm

    When democratic institutions are eroded, authoritarianism is not far behind. In light of this, it is time to reassert the role of dissent and to praise the contribution to democracy made by those who speak out, engage in debate and criticize the powerful, no matter how uncomfortable it may make the government of the day. Dissenters should not be silenced or pilloried; as defenders of Australian democracy they deserve our gratitude … The fact is that in Australia alternative opinion still can be expressed, although often at some cost to the critic. Some of the laws restricting free speech that have been introduced recently go too far and represent a significant threat to our civil liberty.

    From the book Silencing Dissent co-written by a brave Clive Hamilton during the Howard Rein of Terror.

  22. el gordo permalink
    March 15, 2013 2:01 pm

    Clive will remain mute during this turbulent time and won’t raise a flag to defend free speech. Tony Thomas has something to say at Quadrant …. on the subject of Clive.

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 15, 2013 2:05 pm

    The things that can happen when you’re just mowing the lawn…personally I hope Conroy’s media laws result in more of this type of factual news reporting.

    To 74-year-old gardener Angelo Dinome, the woman he paid $150 to have sex with before she kidnapped and robbed him looked like the actress Sophia Loren, a court has heard.

    Rachael Kilpatrick, 42, a mother of two, had met Mr Dinome early last year when he was mowing the lawn at a block of flats in Ferntree Gully and she asked him in for a cup of tea.

    Read more:

  24. Troof to power permalink
    March 15, 2013 2:16 pm


  25. toilettopower permalink
    March 15, 2013 5:12 pm

    Troof of teh southern Yarra, makes a lot of sense.

    The hypocrisy of some Howard haters (& I’d consider myself to be a Howard hater…but not a hypocrite) is becoming writ large, stark & impossible to ignore.

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 15, 2013 7:15 pm

    The fact is that in Australia alternative opinion still can be expressed, although often at some cost to the critic.

    Who ever wrote this should let AIMN know.

  27. toilettopower permalink
    March 15, 2013 7:22 pm

    Silencing Dissent was actually one of the very first Australian political books that I had read.

    I totally agree with Clive’s quote above…but note, the shift in government hasn’t been kind to his credibilty.

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 15, 2013 7:47 pm

    I’m supposed to be off on a northern surfing weekend. Flight delayed 2 hours.

  29. el gordo permalink
    March 15, 2013 8:16 pm

    ‘Silencing Dissent was actually one of the very first Australian political books that I had read.’

    This comes as a surprise.

    Then you probably don’t know that Clive is a member of the Klimatariat and a sworn enemy of the Denialati?

  30. March 16, 2013 3:16 am

    When will we be able to find who is running in each seat.? Does anyone here know.?

  31. el gordo permalink
    March 16, 2013 8:00 am

    ‘EXECUTIVES from Fairfax, News Limited and Seven West Media will unite in Canberra on Monday to fight Labor’s media reforms, as senior ministers step up efforts to salvage the laws which have become a new flashpoint for Julia Gillard’s leadership.

    ‘Independent Rob Oakeshott yesterday signalled he would probably oppose the media laws, while Labor caucus members described the furore over the government’s new framework as a “disaster”, prompting critics again to argue it raised questions about the Prime Minister’s judgment.’

    Maher and Shannahan in the Oz

  32. el gordo permalink
    March 16, 2013 10:24 am

    Apparently the Daily Telegraph referred to Conroy as Joseph Stalin and Abbott said he thought their campaign against the Minister was ‘pretty robust’.

    Pretty tame compared to the robustness around here.

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 16, 2013 3:10 pm

    Paying students are captive participants in political campaigning?

    THE Queensland University of Technology has been embroiled in a political controversy after a lecturer set her marketing students an assignment to develop a campaign to increase awareness of LNP candidate for Griffith Bill Glasson.

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 16, 2013 3:36 pm

    Kevin Rudd warns Gillard government it is failing to sell Gonski education reforms:

    Mr Rudd’s warning that time was running out for the Gonski school reform was echoed by Independent Tony Windsor who urged the Prime Minister to take the axe to the baby bonus and middle class welfare.

    “All I am saying to the government is: ‘I am prepared to look at some hard decisions if you are prepared to back yourself in on Gonski’.”

  35. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 16, 2013 3:43 pm

    Then you probably don’t know that Clive is a member of the Klimatariat and a sworn enemy of the Denialati?

    Oh I do, along with 99% of CC scientists, what exactly are you trying to smear say?

  36. Gonski. permalink
    March 16, 2013 3:44 pm

    No need for media reforms here in Australia because Australians are well informed, thanks to our MSM. The evidence is here.

  37. el gordo permalink
    March 16, 2013 4:14 pm

    ‘…what exactly are you trying to smear say?’

    Only that Hamilton is dodgy when it comes to free speech, primarily because he’s been brainwashed into thinking the world is getting warmer. He was all for freedom of speech during the Howard years, which gave him street cred, but’s its a different ball game now.

    Here you see his subtle approach.

  38. March 19, 2013 6:13 pm

    simply put, simply great

  39. el gordo permalink
    March 20, 2013 3:30 pm

    Meanwhile, in the mother country….

    ‘Newspapers were on collision course with the three party leaders last night as industry backing for their royal charter for new rules governing the 300-year-old free Press crumbled.

    ‘Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language, would not recognise the proposed regulator, irrespective of the consequences.

    ‘He published a dramatic front page with the single word ‘No’.

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  40. March 20, 2013 4:45 pm

    JULIA Gillard’s chances of securing her proposed media reforms are slipping away after Andrew Wilkie and Bob Katter declared they could not support key elements of the package.

    Both independent MPs said the reforms had been rushed, while Mr Katter said he was unable to support any aspect of the reforms that relied on the proposed public interest media advocate, which he regarded as “offensive and revolting”.

  41. March 21, 2013 12:20 pm


    Key Government source says media reform bills are dead, and will be withdrawn..

  42. el gordo permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:21 pm


  43. March 21, 2013 12:32 pm

    I guess we can add Conroy’s media reforms to that other success of his – the national internet filter, and Roxon’s data retention policy….

  44. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:44 pm

    Don’t forget the now delayed spectrum auction which now has only one bidder that being Telstra

  45. Ol' Sancty permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:49 pm

    Crean about to nominate?

  46. March 21, 2013 12:52 pm

    Could be Snacty – 1pm press conference on “Labor leadership”


    If it is Rudd will throw his hat into the ring.

  47. March 21, 2013 1:04 pm

    abc1 news says, conroy`s media bills dumped. _ Was it worth all the teabag panic.?

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 21, 2013 1:08 pm

    The actions of Gillard and Conroy in the all or nothing ultimatum deserved to fail. Gillard committed to inclusiveness with the independents, then held a gun at their heads (fortunately she didn’t aim it at anything valuable).

    The tactic is typical of Gillard’s behaviour. She isn’t honest, she prefers political intrigue, pressure, double dealing. She is a true child of the ALP machine.
    Next week Conroy will have to announce that NBN is behind schedule, with lower take up rates and costing more.

    He doesn’t deserve to survive.
    Crean has been giving interviews all morning which contain a range of messages. He appears to be precipitating a crisis, while urging unity.

    Deputy PM would be a good send off for Crean.

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