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The existing media monopoly in Queensland is a threat to democracy

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Dmitri Sharov
24 Orcades Road

Total Signatures - 975

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 13/05/2020

Closing Date: 12/06/2020

Tabled Date: 16/06/2020

Responded By: Hon Mick de Brenni MP on 16/07/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that News Corp now has a monopoly over commercial news media in the state. The Queensland monopoly arose in late 2016, when News Corp took over APN Media's string of regional mastheads and websites, stretching from Toowoomba through Ipswich and Maroochydore up to Mackay. Added to the company's long-term ownership of the Cairns, Townsville and Gold Coast mastheads, it created a regional monopoly, meshed with News Corp's Brisbane monopoly of The Courier-Mail and associated community newspapers.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to work with the State and Federal Governments so that state and federal legislation be put in place to stop the monopoly of television, print and radio by foreign companies that threatens Australian democracy.