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The comments by the PM that ‘a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s’, sends shivers down my spine.

I dispute that the numbers are ‘a lot’. I dispute that the ABC makes decisions that are not adequately and reasonably considered.

Most importantly I dispute that the ABC does not operate in the interests of ‘Australia’. I’d love to hear a Fact Check on that one.

I strongly support an independent national news broadcasting system that is without fear or favour, unlike the leader of the Liberal Party whose comments appear to be a very determined insult.

As for his criticism of the Fact Check stories, the Fact Check concept is innovative, informative and (probably) instrumental in keeping a whole lot of bastards (more than they otherwise would be) honest.

In the public interest there should be more of it across media boundaries.

When I was an elected councillor distributing my own newsletter to my constituents, I would always open them with the by-line that ‘A genuinely informed electorate is democracy’s greatest friend’.

The ABC is a genuine friend of democracy, no matter who the electorate choose to lead them.

The value of a free media in Australia is under attack by the very person who should be its staunchest defender.

The ABC needs us all to help resist these attacks. I say freedom is worth fighting for.

 Alan Rich, Lennox Head 

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  1. I listen to the ABC exclusively BECAUSE IT IS UNBIASED. I believe by Law their self-monitoring ensures they give equal time to both sides of a story .. particularly political.

    Is John Howard still writing Tony Abbott’s scripts ?

  2. I too will only tune in to ABC radio and avoid the ‘shock jocks’ and red necks of the radio waves. Perhaps Abbott is in the process of thanking Murdoch for the great job he did in getting the Nat/Libs over the line with an effort to hand over the ABC offshore broadcasting rights to the Fox network?


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