Originally published in On Line Opinion on June 28, 2006

The Federal Government’s plans to repeal the cross-media ownership laws are due before Cabinet in the next few weeks. There is little doubt they will get the tick of approval and then slide through parliament – thereby ensuring greater concentration of media ownership and a loss of diversity in Australia’s media. The Australian media is already heavily concentrated by OECD measures and the government proposal would only make it worse. Removing the cross-media laws would lead to a carnivorous feast until the lions of the industry have more than a lion’s share.

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