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Trolls seek attention in the same way shock jocks and tabloids seek ratings and circulation; through controversy, provocation and emotional manipulation. It’s doubly ironic that the media outlets now leading the anti-trolling campaign are the same ones that have done so much to degrade the quality of public debate on their own platforms. This country already has laws to deal with harassment, defamation, and hate speech.

The convergence of media and communications technologies has radically altered the nature of content-related competition in the media sector and undermined the effectiveness of the present regulatory framework. One of the issues identified for consideration in the Convergence Review – Emerging Issues Paper of July 2011 was whether cross-media ownership rules are still necessary in a multi-platform environment. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the continuing relevance of the ‘2 out of 3’ rule in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) in the context of the recommendations outlined in the Convergence Review – Final Report of April 2012. The article seeks to evaluate the extent to which the recommended reforms would serve to enhance regulatory parity and support media diversity within an increasingly converged media landscape.

The convergence of media and communications technologies has radically altered the nature of content-related competition in the media sector and undermined the effectiveness of the present regulatory framework. One of the issues identified for consideration in the Convergence Review – Emerging Issues Paper of July 2011 was whether cross-media ownership rules are still necessary in a multi-platform environment. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the continuing relevance of the ‘2 out of 3’ rule in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) in the context of the recommendations outlined in the Convergence Review – Final Report of April 2012. The article seeks to evaluate the extent to which the recommended reforms would serve to enhance regulatory parity and support media diversity within an increasingly converged media landscape.

As Australia prepares to get its offshore processing centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island up and running, yet another issue has raised concerns. The country’s Department of Foreign Affairs has said it will not accept visa applications from foreign journalists wanting to visit the island. The move has spared cries for greater transparency.