Delimiter’s submission to the Govt’s Media Inquiry


hi everyone,

for your interest, I have published here in PDF format the submission which Delimiter has made to the Federal Government’s Independent Media Inquiry. It’s late, so I don’t know whether they will consider it, but we can only hope. I would recommend reading the Inquiry’s Issues Paper before our submission, as it refers closely to it.

Cheers (and let me know what you think,

Renai LeMay
Editor + Publisher, Delimiter


  1. The Federal government no less. Got to admire their continued delusions of relevancy in the new media field. Let them censor the free to air stations and nod disapprovingly at conspiracy theories and the rest of us can get on with our lives. Still, I did enjoy reading the terms of reference:

    >The impact of this technological change on the business model that has supported the investment by traditional media organisations in QUALITY JOURNALISM:

    A quick trip over to SMH: still pushing the global warming barrow, now it also causes more boat people despite recent harsh Northern Hemisphere winters suggesting that cooling is a far more significant, disruptive and expensive threat. Alternately, the Iran nuclear program and the damming laptop – where did the laptop come from? Could it be another propaganda tool like Sadams yellowcake? This is just after Natos invasion of Libya for gold and oil portrayed as a popular uprising. Quality journalism – as if.

    >Ways of substantially strengthening the independence and effectiveness of the Australian Press Council, including in relation to online publications, and with particular reference to the handling of complaints.

    So if any one inadvertently stumbles upon quality journalism rather than the propaganda pieces or feel good government announcements that we get in this country then there is a mechanism to kill it. We can all be happy watching the 6:30 pseudo news programs on FTA.

    >Any related issues pertaining to the ability of the media to operate … in the public interest.

    Like actually starting?

    The accelerating rate of Western colonial aggression, the false war against terror and the loss of civil liberties, the global warming scam, the inability to accurately report on the cause of the GFC and the subsequent cleanup activities have left the – Quality Journalists – and their corporate backers wrong footed. To much has gone wrong too quickly for the established tools of propaganda to work. That the government is concerned about this and is going to waste more taxpayers money on an inquiry speaks volumes about the cozy relationship between the government and the press. Where is the free market when you need it, let the dinosaurs die?

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