It is now reasonable the Government buy up Fairfax and give it to the ABC. It could insist that all the journalists be kept on and the present resigning editors re-appointed. A Board including Kerry O’Brien, Maxine McKew and Mark Scott could invigilate it. Three hundred and thirty million a year to keep it going could be provided by a fifty cents a week impost on all taxpayers. Its cost could be reduced to a dollar, or, on Kindle, fifty cents. It could available on Kindle all over Australia, at no cost for delivery. And advertising in it could cost half what it does now.
Is there anything wrong with this?
It would be wrong to talk about freedom of the press, because Gina Rinehart is currently guaranteeing there will be none.