Jill Keogh, Federal
Free, fearless, and frank! That’s how we want Our ABC. Free to us the people, fear-free from political intervention, and frank in its reportage.
Five years of the coalition’s carping complaints have resulted in the brutal and unexplained dismissal of the national broadcaster’s managing director, Michelle Guthrie, halfway through her term. In a surprise twist, the ‘dismisser’ became the dismissed the following day when the chairman of the board fell on his sword, after being ‘thrown under a bus’ by the man who appointed him, ex-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Clearly it is imperative now that a Senate inquiry with powers to access documents and emails takes place. We need an audit to know exactly what has gone on and when. That the ABC is without its two most senior appointments is unprecedentedly ludicrous, and an apt reflection on the present government.
Hence, minister for Communications Mitch Fifield’s announcement today of an inquiry set up by his department can only be regarded with the scornful cynicism it deserves, as a whitewash.
Hear this coalition government – It’s our ABC! We pay for it, We trust it, and We will fight for it.