AM Agenda, Sky News – Labor leadership, the Government’s proposed media reforms

  KIERAN GILBERT: The Labor Caucus meets this morning in the face of a possible, and some say likely, collapse of the Government’s proposed media changes as senior ministers are fending off reports that they’ve shifted allegiance from Prime Minister Gillard to Kevin Rudd. Foreign [Affairs] Minister Bob Carr was asked about this report on…

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Showdown, Sky News – New England pre-selection; federal election; the Government’s proposed media reforms; same-sex marriage

  PETER VAN ONSELEN: Now, as I mentioned before the ad break, Richard Marles is caught up at the moment in divisions going on in relation to some of the media laws but we are joined, out of Canberra, by the Liberal Party Senator Simon Birmingham who is involved in the Senate committee looking at…

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MOTIONS – FREE SPEECH

SENATOR BRIMINGHAM: (South Australia) (15:41): I move: That the Senate notes Labor’s relentless attacks on free speech. I begin this debate on the coalition’s motion on free speech by reflecting on the fact that we have a government in Australia at present with many addictions. The Labor Party have many, many addictions indeed. The modern…

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra – Media regulation; new Labor taxes

  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, everyone. Stephen Conroy, some 12 months after receiving the million dollar-plus Convergence Review and Finkelstein report, has finally announced a grab bag of media reforms. He is giving this Parliament, apparently, just days to consider these reforms, yet he hasn’t even revealed the legislation yet. This is a process that…

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AM Agenda, Sky News – Border protection; skilled migration; Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; budget; federal election.

  KIERAN GILBERT: Once again immigration policy debate in this country has descended into which side of politics is demonising foreigners for their own political gain. Coming up this morning, my interview with Prime Minister Gillard. First, though, the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s criticism over the Prime Minister’s comments on 457 visas [Temporary Work (Skilled)…

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