Quizzed on why conditions were not attached, Senator Conroy cited Australia’s obligations under the free trade agreement it has with the United States.
He indicated the government’s objective had been to protect existing Australian content rather than to boost it.
Um, what? That’s a spectacularly bullshit answer. Please tell us, Stephen, what the meaningful distinction is between those two in your mind, and why the FTA insists on the former rather than the latter. And also, while we’re there, how the lack of conditions satisfies EITHER of those objectives.
Name a minister in the current government worse than Stephen Conroy. I can’t think of one.
PLUS! Free bonus quote from the FTA TV station lobby group:
Julie Flynn, chief executive of Free TV, said: ”The licence fee rebate … recognises that we are demonstrably out of step with world’s best practice on licence fees.
“World’s best practice”. LOL.