Senate Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism

5 February 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-698-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1063KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 22KB)
Recommendations (PDF 51KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 165KB)

Background to the inquiry
Definitions, role and importance of public interest journalism
Oversight of media in Australia
Reviews of the media sector in Australia
Recent changes to Australian media laws and other relevant legislation
Freedoms and responsibilities of the press
Structure of this report
Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Challenges for news media in the digital age (PDF 186KB)

Trends since the Finkelstein Report
The digital revolution and the challenge to traditional business models
The loss of journalist jobs from industry restructuring
Australia's public broadcasters–ABC and SBS
Negative effects in focus
The diminishing quality of news and its effects
The advent of 'fake' news and online echo-chambers

Chapter 3 - New opportunities, new audiences and innovative approaches (PDF 116KB)

Opportunities for media consumers and producers
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Aggregators and the news media (PDF 118KB)

The importance of news to aggregators
Criticisms of Google and Facebook
Engaging in partnerships to improve news
Combating the spread of fake news
A levy or tax on aggregators

Chapter 5 - Overseas experience (PDF 133KB)

The United Kingdom
The United States
The Philippines

Chapter 6 - Direct Commonwealth measures in support of public interest journalism (PDF 170KB)

Australia's Public Broadcasters
The Community Sector
Potential additional direct Commonwealth support
Committee view

Chapter 7 - Australia's taxation system and legal framework, and the potential for indirect assistance measures (PDF 173KB)

General support for indirect measures
Adjusting Australia's tax system
Australian laws that potentially restrict public interest journalism
Other Commonwealth policies
Committee view

Additional Comments by Coalition Senators (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 18KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 19KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555