Can you believe today’s media reports? ABC Chairman Justin Milne, reportedly a former business partner of former PM Malcolm Turnbull, reportedly sacked ABC Managing Director Michele Gutherie after asking her to sack senior journalist Emma Alberici because Malcolm Turnbull and Mitch Fifield had complained about her reporting.
How come a former business partner of PM Malcolm Turnbull was appointed ABC Chairman?
How come the chairman of the ABC demanded the sacking of a reporter who offended his former business partner who was battling for his political future and his party’s grip on power ?
How come our MPs can have an ABC journalist sacked for adverse reports on them, their parties or their performance?
Has the law regarding ABC independence been broken by MPs or ABC directors? If so should they be prosecuted?
Has any director of the ABC breached any legal obligations under the ABC ACT to protect its independence? If so should they be prosecuted?
Do these actions by politicians and ABC directors have anything to do with the resolutions passed by the Liberal Party in June this year to sell of the ABC?
Has there been any deliberate act of collusion by any people to damage the value of the ABC to make it cheaper for a private media owner to buy?
I urge all voters interested in the future of the ABC, no matter where their sympathy lies, to join this discussion so that Australian voters can develop an effective strategy to achieve their preferred outcome in relation to the ABC and then persuade politicians to adopt that outcome.