Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter says Facebook’s ‘dummy-spit’ over proposed Federal Government laws that would make them pay for news, is a golden opportunity for the Australian Government to build its own social media platform.
Mr Katter admits it may take time for Australians to migrate to a new platform but it would have ongoing benefits for democracy and sovereignty.
“This is an opportunity to build something by creating an Australia social media platform, like Facebook, and we should not be held to ransom by a jumped-up, super-rich, American know-all,” he said.
“In Queensland we built and owned the railways, the electricity network and we built the coal industry, the aluminium industry and the tourism industry.
“I’ve been here in federal parliament almost 30 years and as far as I can tell we’ve built nothing. But we have sold off all the things that the great governments before us built.”
Mr Katter is a supporter of making the tech giants pay for news as most of the newspapers in the Kennedy Electorate have closed in the last decade.
“Without a news service, without a local media, the town ceases to exist,” he said.
“Democracy can’t operate without a free flow of information, that’s what Theophanous v Herald and Weekly Times held. Well, this week we’ve learned China is holding a lot of our defence information and secrets, as well as Australian Tax and company files, and that an American company can turn off the tap on Australian news.
“I say the American tech-giants should leave town immediately. We’ll run our own affairs thank you. An Australian-owned social media would restore the power of the Australian media.
“The government-run social media would have to be run by an independent board and have a charter.”
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