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On 2 March the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, released the Report of the Independent Media Inquiry, undertaken by Former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, Ray Finkelstein QC, with the assistance of Dr Matthew Ricketson. The Report has been forwarded to the Convergence Review, which is taking a broad look at range of regulatory issues across the broadcasting, telecommunications and radio-communications sectors and is on track to present its final report to Government by 31 March 2012. The Report draws on the submission by Scott Ewing and Julian Thomas of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, highlighting the growing importance of the internet as a source of news. The CCI submission provides the results of three consecutive surveys of internet users in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The results of the first survey, conducted in 2007, indicate that the internet was already considered as an important or very important source of news by more than two-thirds of internet users. By 2011 more than three-quarters did so.

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