Inquiry won’t stop a changing world

by John Daley

From the Global Financial Crisis, to uncertainty in the steel industry, people like to believe government has the power to solve their problems. It is a belief governments are reluctant to dispute, but one that can lead to fruitless, wasteful, or even harmful policies.

Maintaining the quality of newspaper journalism in the era of the internet is a prime example of an issue where government has minimal capacity to constructively help. That is why the recently announced media inquiry should consider whether the best government response is to do nothing at all.