Sky News on the Hour with Laura Jayes
Press Gallery Canberra
15 September 2017
E & OE
thanks for your time, what was more difficult wrangling the crossbench here or
wrangling media bosses?
That would be
telling. But I do need to commend my
crossbench colleagues, also my coalition colleagues, and the leaders of
Australia’s media industry who were prepared to look beyond their own
legitimate organisational interests to the broader welfare of Australian
media. So today is a good day for jobs
and a good day for strong Australian media voices.
Look we have
heard a lot about what the media landscape might look like, there is a bit of
crystal ball gazing. But there is not a
lot that the Government is about fake news at the moment. Do you see it is a problem, and do you see it
as a role for Government going forward?
Well there is
fake news, we don’t like it. We don’t
like any organisation that purports to present things as fact that aren’t. But part of the antidote is to ensure that we
have good strong Australian media organisations who are credible and can be
interesting to look at the media landscape at the moment. And I should say that Malcolm Turnbull
couldn’t get this when he was Communications Minister, so I am sure you have
ribbed him about that behind the scenes.
But it is two years since he took over as the Prime Minister, was it
worth knifing a first time PM to get in there do you think?
party room made a decision two years back.
And since that time we have managed to get media reform through the
Parliament, we’ve got education reform through the Parliament. We’ve re-established the Australian Building
and Construction Commission. We’ve
established a Registered Organisations Commission. We’ve reformed childcare. We’ve got the Budget back on a path to
surplus. These are all good things. These are all things that they said wouldn’t
get through this Parliament – and they have.
We are focused on the people’s business, and Malcolm Turnbull is
Fifield being a tough media environment we do need to go to an add break to
ensure the wages are paid of course. So
we thank you for your time and we will see these merges and acquisitions. A flurry of them no doubt in the coming
years. Thanks so much for your time.
and welcome back.