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Regulating Media in Australia

Arguments for and against regulation

Steve Reiher

on 15 November 2016

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Transcript of Regulating Media in Australia

There are audiences in Australia that
should be protected from inappropriate content, Protecting the vulnerable is considered an important part of australian society.
It is easier for the government and industry bodies to regulate the media. Many parents would argue that they cannot physically monitor all the media their children have access to.
Regulation should be in place to prevent
content that encourages racial, religious and sexual discrimination. Australians want to live in a society that encourages diversity and tolerence.
In Australia, media ownership is highly concentrated, (A few organisations control most of it). Regulation can help prevent owners from setting agendas through their content.
Self-regulation means that the government provides only advisory information to media organisations, so harmful content may still be shown or become available to susceptible audiences. Printed "Warnings" sometimes do not protect vulnerable audiences.
It is not the government's responsibility to protect children from inappropriate media. Parents must take an active role in monitoring how their children use the media, rather than remaining ignorant, or depending too much on regulation
Australia is a democratic country that prides itself on diverse media. Regulation threatens this variety as whoever regulates the media has the potential to limit an audience's exposure to new and progressive content.
Regulation threatens to create a "NANNY STATE" where the media becomes so controlled that there is little opportunity for varied content, differing opinions and democratic speech.
Arguments FOR and AGAINST

By Steve Reiher.
Info from Heinemann Media Second Edition
Pearson Australia 2011
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