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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:18 AM
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Murdoch's News Corp accused of trying to bribe Australian senator
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 01:31 AM by cal04
Source: The Guardian

Federal police investigate Bill O'Chee's claim he was offered favourable coverage if he voted against digital TV laws

Australian police are investigating a former senator's allegations that an executive from Rupert Murdoch's News Limited offered him favourable newspaper coverage and "a special relationship" in return for voting against government legislation.

Bill O'Chee made the allegations in a nine-page statement to police and they were published Wednesday by Fairfax Media newspapers, rivals of News Corp's Australian subsidiary.

The newspapers reported that an unnamed executive of News Ltd asked O'Chee during a lunch on 13 June 1998 to vote against his conservative government's legislation on the creation of digital TV in Australia. The News group stood to profit from the legislation failing.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/23/murdoch-news-corp-senator-bribe?CMP=twt_fd



Investigation of political favours against News Ltd
http://www.smh.com.au/national/investigation-of-political-favours-against-news-ltd-20111122-1nszb.html


Police probe ex-senator's claim against News Ltd
http://www.theage.com.au/national/police-probe-exsenators-claim-against-news-ltd-20111122-1nsyt.html
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:24 AM
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1. Throw them all in jail and let the courts sort it out
that is what they would do to us
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:30 AM
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2. Get rid of this guy already.
Please !
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radhika Donating Member (563 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:37 AM
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3. So glad they'd never do something like this in the USA! n/t
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:51 AM
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4. ditto
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 04:53 AM by dipsydoodle
wins an award for cynicism this Guardian "news" item. Wonder why he kept quiet about it for 13 years.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:29 AM
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5. 13 years ago.
how much damage has been done since.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:49 AM
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6. That's illegal in other countries?
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:33 AM
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7. There is no reason to believe Australian police
are any less "bought" than London police.
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:37 AM
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8. We need a Special Prosecutor for these people
Who knows what's been going on here.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:09 PM
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9. Talking about a desperate need for some trust busting.


The allegations are embarrassing for News Corp, whose ownership of 70% of Australia's newspapers has raised criticisms from within the government that Rupert Murdoch's empire has too much control over the country's media.



70%! :wow: Nothing could come from that kind of power except corruption.

Thanks for the thread, cal.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:13 PM
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10. K/R -- It's the only way the RW rises --bribes, corruption -- !!
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 12:14 PM by defendandprotect
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