Opinion

Federal parliament's regional newspapers inquiry makes 12 recommendations to address the viability of local news beyond Australia's big cities

By Dr Anne Webster
Updated March 24 2022 - 8:23am, first published March 23 2022 - 7:00am
Dr Anne Webster is the Nationals MP for Mallee and chair of federal parliament's Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

This is an extract from the federal parliamentary committee report "The Future of Regional Newspapers in a Digital World" by committee chair Dr Anne Webster.

Australia's regional newspapers are about regional stories and are a shared community experience. Regional newspapers put into the public area the stories of people who have excelled in sport, school or their business enterprise, as well as coverage of valuable community-based issues such as council decisions, court matters, public health issues and local weather events.

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