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Murdoch Homeland Australia Mulls Tougher Privacy Laws

Australia, where Rupert Murdoch started his media empire, may toughen privacy laws following the hacking scandal at his now closed News of the World.

The government will release a paper shortly on whether Australians should be given the statutory right to sue for invasion of privacy, Home Affairs and Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor said in an e-mailed statement today from Canberra. Melbourne-born Rupert Murdoch, who is now a U.S. citizen, shut down News of the World after allegations reporters from the 168-year-old London tabloid hacked into the mobile phone of a 13-year-old murder victim.