Murdoch dictatorship in Australia?

This video is the film OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.

By Mike Head in Australia:

As Australian election impasse continues

Murdoch media issues threats to independents

28 August 2010

One week after last Saturday’s Australian federal election, with the results confirming that neither major party can form a majority government, the Murdoch media is demanding the formation of a minority government led by Liberal leader Tony Abbott. It has also issued thinly-veiled threats of precipitating a new election if its message is not heeded.

Today’s Australian threatens the three rural independentsRob Oakeshott, Bob Katter and Tony Windsor—with political oblivion unless they support Abbott. The newspaper commissioned a Newspoll in the three MPs’ electorates, showing that 54 percent of their voters would prefer that the trio help Abbott form government, while 34 percent would opt for a Labor-led coalition. An editorial declares that “the independents must realise that if they show contempt for the values of those who elected them they will not remain in politics for long.”

According to the Australian, its opinion polling should determine the outcome of the election. “That’s democracy. And Mr Katter, Mr Windsor and Mr Oakeshott should think about the ramifications.”

This offensive follows a two-day campaign by the Murdoch press for a new election in order to produce a government with a supposed “mandate” to implement deeply unpopular economic policies. Implicit in this campaign has been the threat that the Murdoch media would foment a political and constitutional crisis on the scale of 1974-75, when it backed Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser in blocking the budget of the Whitlam Labor government, culminating in Whitlam’s dismissal by the governor-general in November 1975.

Negotiations between three key independents and the Liberal and Labor Party leaderships on the composition of the government begin today, with the outcome expected to be decided by the end of the week, after the poll is declared: here.

Caretaker prime minister Julia Gillard had two objectives in her address to the National Press Club today: to secure the support of independents for a minority Labor government and to reassure the Australian corporate elites: here.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed the demand for a carbon tax raised last week by Marius Kloppers, CEO of BHP-Billiton, Australia’s largest corporation and the world’s largest mining firm: here.

Britain: Did Murdoch order The Times not to report criticism of Sky? Here.

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