22.6 C
Byron Shire
November 28, 2021

Labor MP pledges to ‘protect and bolster media diversity’

Latest News

COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

Other News

Coal activist given 12 month jail sentence over Newcastle action

A 22-year-old coal activist has been sentenced to a minimum of 6 months jail without parole for taking nonviolent direct action as part of the Blockade Australia mobilisation in Muloobinba/Newcastle.

Entries open for Byron All Shorts

It wouldn't be summer if you didn't sit in a cool, dark theatre and watch the Byron All Shorts program. Local filmmakers are invited to enter their short films to be screened in February as part of Flickerfest 2022 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.


Simon Kofe, foreign minister for the small Pacific nation of Tuvalu, brought a slice of reality to the COP26...

Cartoon of the week – 24 November, 2021

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Public access to Bruns foreshore reduced by Reflections, say residents

Brunswick Heads residents are concerned that the managers of the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park are failing to stick to a court-ordered plan for the park, resulting in a potential loss of public access to the precious Brunswick River foreshore.

Smile, vague promise

Motherhood seems to be the big winner judging by the promises of our mayoral candidates and their teams. Smiling...

Justine Elliot. Photo supplied.

Given last week’s announcement that TV network Nine will acquire publisher Fairfax, The Echo asked local federal MP Justine Elliot: ‘Is Labor committed to reversing the laws that allowed this to occur if elected? If not, what will Labor do if elected to ensure diversity of media? Also – will these laws now enable full homogenisation of Australia’s media landscape? ie can we expect Murdoch’s Newscorp to be able to acquire Channel Ten and or Seven for example?’ Mrs Elliot replied, ‘I strongly support media diversity and I am deeply concerned about the takeover.’

‘The announcement that Fairfax and Nine propose to merge their print, TV, radio and online businesses will create the largest single commercial media entity in Australia.

‘Australia already has one of the most concentrated media markets in the world and this proposed takeover will make it even worse.

‘Labor opposed and voted against the repeal of the two out of three rule in parliament because democracy suffers if you have too few media voices; workers suffer when mergers inevitably lead to job losses; and citizens, consumers and communities get less diversity, less coverage and less choice.

‘This proposed merger means that public broadcasting has never been more important, yet the Liberals and Nationals continue with their shameful ideological attack on public broadcasting with further budget cuts to the ABC.

‘… Protecting the ABC and SBS from the Liberal and National Party cuts is critical, and Labor will always fight for public broadcasting. Labor will explore every avenue to protect and bolster media diversity.’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Protecting media diversity? How? Media diversity does not exist. The ABC is a poor shadow of itself and as for regional press, radio and other forms of media they are even worse. What we need is public discourse about the role of the news and information media and to enable small operators and social groups to reset the terms and conditions of News and Media outlets. They must be for the benefit of the public, their role must be to protect us from rorts, disinformation and other forms of corruption and abuse by a selected few.
    We need strong debate as to where we are now so the wrongs can be redressed and a clear charter on the role of the media can be clearly defined.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Kingscliff Public School gets long-awaited upgrade

If you were wondering what is happening at Kingscliff Public School, construction is well underway on an upgrade.

Community carers and responders program launched

Following the recent second anniversary of the bushfires that hit our region, Resilient Byron say they are proud to announce the beginning of their...

Leigh Thomas says political affiliations not relevant to Council decision making

Leigh Thomas is the lead candidate for Group M running in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections. Mr Thomas is a member of the...

When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.