Untenable Porter, Aged Care Fiasco, Media Code Not In The Public Interest

Christian Porter’s political career is over. There won’t be any legal proceedings arising from an allegation of rape in 1988 but the political repercussions will be far-reaching.

And as long as the Prime Minister keeps resisting a call for a public inquiry into these events, this issue will keep burning in the background: for sure, there is a presumption of innocence within Australia’s legal system, but there also has to be a presumption of justice.

Justice not only needs to be done, but it has to be seen to be done: and as it had been for many women in Australia for too long, justice has been left out of the equation.

The Royal Commission for Aged Care Quality and Safety has released its report and it has outlined a 25-year disaster that started off when Prime Minister John Howard reformed the sector in 1997 to create business opportunities for Liberal Party donors and the involvement of the private and corporatised sector into social services.

And it’s a mixture that simply does not work. For-profit thinking shouldn’t be anywhere near the provision of aged care services.

The Media Bargaining Code is just one short step away from being law but, already, Google has signed deals with News Corporation, Nine Network, Seven West Media, The Guardian, and deals coming up soon for the ABC and SBS: $100 million from Google and another motza being delivered by FaceBook! And is this good for public interest journalism?

Absolutely not, it’s not even mentioned in the legislation. This is all about the government placing the media in its pocket in the lead-up to the next federal election. And a bucketload of money for legacy media, it’s money for jam.

It’s actually a sad day for journalism and for the taxpayer.

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