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Senator threatens Murdoch with subpoena following refusal to front inquiry



An Australian Greens Senator is threatening to issue a subpoena to compel Murdoch to front the ongoing national inquiry into media diversity

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has delivered a thinly-veiled threat to issue Lachlan Murdoch with a subpoena if he continues to refuse to speak out on the ongoing national inquiry into media diversity.

“There’s no reason he can’t front that inquiry,” she said. ” If he refuses, the committee will consider what we do.”

We have the power, of course, to effectively subpoena people. At this point we’ve asked him to appear. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t.”

“It’s an opportunity for the Murdoch empire to respond to much criticism”

“This is about giving an opportunity for balance,” she said.

The Australian senate inquiry into the state of media diversity has been underway since November 2020. Its purpose is to examine the state of media concentration in Australia.

Australian currently has some of the highest rates of media concentration in the world. A recent Guardian analysis of Emma data found that the top four companies in Australia account for 92% of the market.

Murdoch’s machine of misinformation

More recently, Hanson-Young called for an investigation into Murdoch’s Sky news following Youtube suspending the channel’s account for spreading misinformation.

“When we have such concentrated media, they’re not accountable to anyone,” said Hanson-Young.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.


Alec Baldwin reaches settlement with family of ‘Rust’ victim



Alec Baldwin recaches settlement with family of ‘Rust’ victim, one year on from the tragic incident

Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who he fatally shot while shooting the film ‘Rust’.

Hutchins’ husband, Matthew agreed that his wife’s death was a “terrible accident” and isn’t interested in “attributing blame.”

As part of the deal, he will become the executive producer for the film.

Rust will recommence filming again in January, with Matthew saying he is determined to honour his late wife’s work.

Following the settlement, Baldwin’s lawyer took to Instagram saying “we are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” the post added.

Other finer details of the settlement are yet to be disclosed, as they await court approval.

The final police report on the shooting is expected later this month. At this time, prosecutors will decide whether criminal charges are warranted.

District attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said “if the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges”,  then “charges will be brought.”

No one is above the law,” a statement issued on behalf of Carmack-Altwies added.

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Coolio’s manager reveals rap artist died from suspected heart attack



Coolio’s manager has spoken out after the death of the Gangsta’s paradise star

There were claims the 59-year-old rapper died from a drug overdose.

But Coolio’s manager told the Daily Mail the rap artist had died from a suspected heart attack while on a trip to Los Angeles to fix his passport ahead of shows scheduled in Germany.

A Friend, also quoted by the publication, says he avoided drugs and alcohol.. one telling media “He’d usually have a glass of water”

“He would never show up intoxicated or on a different planet like most people. I never saw him drinking. He’d usually have a glass of water,”

coolio’s friend Mr Yano told daily mail

“When the news came yesterday about his passing, I was shocked. Was it something health related?”

“But I was just with him a few weeks ago, and he seemed completely fine. No mention of any sort of heart condition or any medical condition.”

This comes as Fans speculated the rapper died from an overdose due to his history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction.

The rapper, known around the globe for his 90’s hits, died while visiting a friend in Los Angeles last week.

No drugs were found at the scene and the official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

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Prince William makes his first public address since the Queen’s death



Prince William has given his first public speech since the death of the Queen and as heir to the British throne

Speaking at a wildlife protection summit in London, William called for more action to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

He says the illegal trade is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, and he urged businesses and law enforcement agencies to do more to stop it.

The speech signals the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes, as King Charles III is forced to step back from public activism.

The Prince and his Royal Foundation have long made protecting wildlife a key focus of their work, and they are likely to continue this work in the years to come.

Meanwhile, William also used the opportunity to pay tribute to his late Granny.

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