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Rupert Murdoch’s tweet earlier today and Malcolm Turnbull’s reply tonight need little explanation.
Although you do have to wonder how many other shadow ministers would engage like this. Or ministers.
Gillard government ministers continued their attack on the opposition today over its involvement in the Slipper-Ashby sexual harassment case.
Ministers repeatedly called on the Liberal National Party in Queensland to disendorse Mal Brough in Slipper’s electorate of Fisher.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Mike Kelly, described the affair as an “Australian Watergate”.
On social media, the Australian media was repeatedly attacked for its coverage of yesterday’s decision by the Federal Court to dismiss the case as an abuse of process and a conspiracy to damage Slipper politically.
This video was posted on YouTube by Twitter user @geeksrulz:
Fresh from delivering his report on media standards and ethics to the British government, Lord Chief Justice Brian Leveson has given a speech on the media at the University of Melbourne.
Leveson called for tougher laws to regulate a changing media. He said the criminal and civil law needed to be equally applicable to the established media and the new world of bloggers and tweeters.
In an unusual speech that somewhat simplistically restated basic observations about recent changes in the media, Leveson suggested that, in the face of amateur journalists online, the established media might cut corners and behave unethically in order to stay ahead of the game. “It may encourage unethical and, potentially, unlawful practices to get a story,” Leveson said.
- Listen to Leveson’s speech (45m)
- Listen to Leveson’s response to questions (22m)
The ABC has put its 24-hour news channel, News24, on YouTube, as part of its strategy to integrate its offerings into social media.
News24 can now be integrated into YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The ABC says: “It means users no longer need to leave these platforms to access the live ABC News 24 stream online.”
The YouTube service also enables third party websites such as this one to stream News24:
News24 is also streaming in higher quality on the ABC’s website at http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/.
Text of media statement from the ABC.
ABC News 24: Breaking New Ground In Social Media
In an Australian first, ABC News 24 is integrating the channel’s live news and other programs into YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, so viewers can watch live news within their favourite social network. It means users no longer need to leave these platforms to access the live ABC News 24 stream online.
The parliamentary year is over and Christmas is two weeks away but politics continued at full strength today.
The looming holiday period will presage a frantic election year and both sides continue to push their main messages.
In his media appearance today, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan spruiked the government’s economic message and condemned the opposition’s attitude to automatic enrolment of young voters.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott also talked economic issues, predicting that the government would not achieve a budget surplus next year.
Both men took questions about the media in light of the 2DayFM royal prank call.
- Listen to Wayne Swan (12m)
- Listen to Tony Abbott (9m)
Swan has now flown out to visit India. Tony Abbott will be in England at the end of the week.
Text of media release by Treasurer Wayne Swan.
Visit to India to discuss the opportunities of the Asian Century
Tonight I depart for India to meet with senior Indian Government and business leaders to discuss the opportunities for our two countries in the Asian Century, building on the goodwill the Prime Minister generated in her October visit. [Read more...]
The Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, spoke to the media today about the controversy surrounding the 2DayFM Royal prank call.
The latest instalment in the debate about media standards, practices and regulation erupted over the weekend following the death, reportedly by suicide, of one of the nurses contacted by the Sydney disc jockeys.
In essence, Conroy adopted a hands-off approach. He said it was up to the industry regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, to deal with the issue.
- Listen to Conroy’s remarks (3m)