Does Australia have a looming China problem? Michael Sainsbury has the word from Beijing. The Salvos and child abuse — the first harrowing day of hearings. Bernard Keane’s back and he’s fired up on the phoney booze war. Essential polling: we really hate privatising things. Plus why indigenous recognition will be harder than we think.
The ABC raises serious allegations of mistreatment of asylum seekers in the care of the Australian navy; federal ministers line up to condemn the reports and question the ethics and standards of the national broadcaster.
Today, the ABC (together with Fairfax) raises serious allegations of corruption inside building and construction unions; the federal government seizes on the report as proof dodgy behaviour is rife in the construction sector and there’s a greater need than ever to re-establish the Australian Building and Corruption Commissioner abandoned under Labor.
“Good on the ABC for this,” frontbencher Eric Abetz, the gnarliest Liberal attack dog against the taxpayer-funded broadcaster, said today.
Redemption at last for Aunty. If only they’d learn to back the right political horses …