Contributed by Ben Wilson
Kevin Rudd’s petition for a Royal commission into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is making history. More than 380,00 have already signed, making this the biggest ever petition to an Australian parliament.
The former Prime Minister is being knocked by some for doing this. It is obvious that this would come from defenders off Murdoch. Their motives are clear.
Others who could hardly be called pro-Murdoch are also weighing in to denigrate the petition. To them, Kevin Rudd is a one time representative of the Murdoch stable who failed to act as Prime Minister. He is not the only one who might fit this description.
It has long been known that any aspiring Prime Minister and government, don’t have a snowball in hell’s chance, without Murdoch patronage to get into office and then stay there.
Murdoch is a corrupting influence.
WikiLeaks exposed how a line of former Prime Ministers and contenders made a beeline to get the stamp of approval from the U.S. Embassy, even before telling their own party. Murdoch is a major part of American interests over Australia. the leaked cables also showed the degree of American involvement in the internal political affairs of Australia.
The connection between this and the Murdoch empire is Murdoch’s role as an important part of American interests in Australia. Control over the news available to the public and the ability to exert diplomatic pressure, provides the means to manipulate the Australian political system.
News Corp is the principle promoter of the politics of hate, climate denial, social retrogression, international tension, and war, and is therefore dangerous.
To his credit, Kevin Rudd has been able to see it and climb out of the cesspool. This is what’s important. Everyone who is concerned about the toxic power of Murdoch has a duty to sign the petition.
Malcolm Turnbull has now lent his support. His experience has been like Rudd’s. He too was dependent on Murdoch and Murdoch was the conductor in the Morrison coup against him.
Photo from AAP: Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull
They make a formidable team. At the very least, the petition will make the politicians still in the quagmire extremely uncomfortable. More Australians will come to understand how compromised the political system is.
Public demand for something to be done about what Rudd called “a cancer on democracy,” will strengthen. It may even help to create an environment, where there are more initiatives to embrace alternative media.
News Corp outlets are already losing their base. If a Royal Commission is forced on reluctant politicians, it may well bring to light more dirt. We saw this happen at last year’s Royal Commission in to the banks. The government lost its plan to use it to bury the issue.
Little government short-term action will come out of it. The report will most likely be buried. But Murdoch’s credibility and effectiveness will suffer a blow, and this will be good for Australia