Indicating he has “a natural disposition towards reducing regulation and towards increasing competition” he suggests media reform would be driven by consensus -but not necessarily the unanimity that marked the Abbott government.
“There’s consensus and there’s unanimity. They are two separate things. Unanimity is everyone agreeing on everything, which is highly unlikely. Broad consensus is a different threshold,” he said.
“In terms of the media laws, it’s a bit like when people were talking in years gone by about how we can change railway gauges to better improve long-distance transport at a time when planes are starting to fly overhead.”
Mr Fifield said he would consult widely with industry and work with his cabinet and party-room colleagues, as well as work with the crossbench and the Senate if any changes are proposed.
While he has not yet formed a view on the anti-siphoning list, he will be taking another look at the sports events on the list.
“As a government, we absolutely support the general principle that nationally significant events should remain available on free-to-air,” he said.
But he said he was “not flagging a change at this stage.”
TV Licence fees are also still under review.