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    News Corp Phone Hacking Scandal May Spread To Australia (excerpts)

    News Corp's phone hacking scandal threatened to spread to a third country Friday, as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that she would be open to an investigation of the company's practices in Murdoch's native country.

    The head of the Green Party, Senator Bob Brown, is leading calls to investigate News Limited, News Corp's Australian subsidiary, which controls a substantial portion of the media. Gillard said she would be "happy" to discuss such an inquiry.

    News Limited chief executive John Hartigan also dismissed the need for an inquiry into journalistic conduct as "totally unnecessary." He said that the company would submit to an inquiry, but differentiated between newsroom culture in Australia and the UK. "They're very sensational, they deal with people's lives, private lives and some of the behaviours that have come out are obviously being driven by the need to get in front of each other," he said of the British press. "I would argue very strenuously that we don't have those behaviours in Australia."

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 06:43:28 PM PDT

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