Some have hailed the inquiry as the beginning of a worldwide calling-to-account for the 89-year-old Murdoch, the Australian-born powerbroker who has also shaped British politics for the past 40 years, with his stable of right-leaning newspaper titles, and who has until recently promoted and supported Donald Trump’s presidency in America through his US television channel, Fox News.
Last month, Rudd launched a petition for a royal commission into the need for a strong, diverse media, dubbing Murdoch “an arrogant cancer on our democracy”. The petition was signed by more than 500,000 people, including Turnbull, who has condemned the Murdoch print monopoly.
Wallace believes that Rudd and Turnbull are attempting to exact an expensive revenge for “the Murdoch media’s blatant politicking”. “They have nothing to lose now they’re out of active politics, so it’s square-up time. The petition is their tool to give the Murdochs a taste of their own medicine. There’s personal motivation in it, of course, but anyone who has ever been bullied by a Murdoch media outlet – and that’s a lot of people – is enjoying it tremendously.”Ex-PMs unite in Australia in bid to curb power of Murdoch empire | Rupert Murdoch | The Guardian