Death as a public spectacle

Images of death and dying hang over parliament and anonymous sources say media laws could be the final nail in Julia Gillard’s coffin. But debate over the laws, on both sides, has completely ignored the media's own crisis.

What a hoot it has been in Canberra this week. And it’s not over yet. By week’s end, Stephen Conroy’s media laws will most likely be dead and buried. So too might the Gillard government.

First up, we had those slightly pompous media executives who appeared before the two Senate committees examining Conroy’s media laws.

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