The Senate voted to reject the Howard government’s media law “reforms”, with all 4 Independents as well as Labor, Democrats and Greens voting against. Margo Kingston (link via Tim Dunlop) has an excellent article on the saga.
As Margo points out, no other print media are giving this critical issue even cursory attention. They’re almost all owned by Murpack. If it weren’t for the Fairfax press, and to a much lesser extent the ABC, most of us wouldn’t even know the Bill was before Parliament let alone understand its implications. And that’s the whole point. If the Bill does become law (say, after a double dissolution election), that will be precisely the situation in Australia. You won’t even know about an issue if it doesn’t suit Murpack’s interests to tell you about it. That’s why I find the complacent reaction of so many otherwise intelligent bloggers (e.g. Scott Wickstein) so depressing.