As Crikey says, it’s just an ugly bribe:
The PM, who has never met a media outlet he disliked (that includes The Australian, which made him Man of The Year), listens attentively and agrees with his former boss saying “Yes, commercial TV is doing it tough remaining on air and keeping to their licence restrictions to provide 55% Australian content between 6am and midnight. So here’s a rebate of all those nasty licence fees we are charging you.”
The three commercial networks, Seven, Nine and Ten, went weak at the knees in congratulating the Government for its decision yesterday.
Yet another reason to put the major parties further down your ballot.
Funny word, reform, isn’t it? I couldn’t agree more that our present copyright regime urgently needs reforming, but in a completely different direction to what the corporate lobbyists have in mind.
UPDATE (9/2): Continuing with the story today, Bernard Keane notes that it’s not just the most obvious beneficiaries who are keeping quiet – it’s anyone who might have something they’d like the Minister to approve this year. There was a story in The Age yesterday, but that’s been about it.
And of course, the Opposition is keeping their heads down too. The two major parties know which side their bread is buttered.
UPDATE TO THE ELSEWHERE (9/2): And the following letter appeared in today’s Crikey pointing out just who Conroy is ignoring:
Ian Farquhar writes: Re. “Conroy tells movie industry, ISPs to kiss and make up” (yesterday, item 18). In Stilgherrian’s item yesterday, he quoted Senator Stephen Conroy, who said: “What I would still hope is that we can bring them together to sit down and settle their differences, create a code of practice that actually protects both parties.”
Did anyone notice a missing party? Shouldn’t Conroy’s first and overriding priority being the protection of Australian citizens over the corporate interests from the ISPs or the copyright industry?
Let’s face it, Conroy bangs on endlessly about protecting people. Clearly he’s only interested in protecting them from p-rn, but is quite happy to encourage cartel behaviour between the telecommunication industry and copyright monopolists which, based on historical precedent, always end up abusing citizens.
Again, I’m back to wondering if that department routinely lobotomises any minister who enters the place.