John Hartigan should reveal to the Australian public what the deal was done between Julia Gillard and the Murdoch media referred to on page two of the Weekend Australian. ” This has broken the deal we had”. Was this deal in the interest of the Australian public or was it a deal that protected the interest of Murdoch media from public scrutiny?

If Hartigan was promised protection from any parliamentary inquiry then we are in the same position as the appalling situation in the United Kingdom where the boundaries between police, parliament and the press have been eroded by bribery and quid pro quo arrangements that allowed criminality by the media to go unchecked.