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Simple amendments would save media package

One day and two inquiries into examination of the media reform package, the Greens are not ready to throw the Convergence and Finkelstein Reviews into the dustbin.

"We have expressed concerns about the process and content of the media package proposed by the government on a ‘take it or leave it basis', however, parts of it have merit and should proceed," Australian Greens Communications spokesperson Senator Ludlam said today.

"Giving up on the reforms means the bullies have won.

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Greens won't be bullied on media reform

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam. 17 March 2013.

The Greens will not be bullied by big media interests or constrained by arbitrary timelines on Labor's media reform proposals, communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"We need to focus on getting it right - regardless of ultimatums from the Minister and hysteria from certain media proprietors. Our overriding objective is to protect media diversity in Australia."

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Support Digital Radio

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (16:17): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's community broadcasters are a vital part of our media landscape and provide radio services that include specialist music, Indigenous media, multicultural and ethnic language programs, religious, educational and youth services, print disability reading services, and community access programs,

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Greens stand up for community radio

The Australian Greens will call on the Federal Government to fund community broadcasters' digital radio services in Parliament today, marking the national day of action for community radio.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt will move motions in the Senate and the House recognising the great contribution made to Australian civil society by community broadcasters and calling on the Government to commit to adequate support for the sector.

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One year and two reviews later – media reform has been delayed long enough

The Australian Greens today urged the Federal Government to finally take action on media reform.

Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had sat on the Finkelstein report and Convergence Review long enough to produce a response.

"It is time the Government brought forward the full package of media reforms; a package that should promote media diversity and prevent further concentration of media ownership, protect the ABC and SBS, and promote community broadcasting.

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Public and community broadcasting “more important than ever” as ABC Inquiry begins

"Public and community broadcasting is more important than ever as the ownership of the private media becomes increasingly concentrated," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today as he attended the Inquiry into the ABC.

"Media diversity is vital to the health of our democracy and civil society and in this country media diversity is in retreat.

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