Is Australia staring down the barrel of a Berlusconi state of mind?

Today feels like a moment in time that deserves recognition. I want to capture life pre-Gina. We didn’t know what we had until it was gone.

Andrew Jaspen writes in the Conversation about Gina Rinehart (the world’s richest woman and climate sceptic with an unhealthy disregard for democracy) acquiring 19.9% of Fairfax:

Is this the modern, open, progressive, democratic, tolerant, knowledge-based, clever country we aspire to be? Or are we seeing the same rise of the oligarch as in Russia where the resource-rich billionaires also dominate the media? Or Italy, where Silvio Berlusconi owned the majority of the TV stations and newspapers and imposed his right-wing agenda, and ultimately won control of the country as Prime Minister?

Read the whole article: http://theconversation.edu.au/fairfax-or-gina-fax-lets-have-the-debate-before-its-over-7721

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