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Jan 31, 2014

Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

History suggests even if the ABC's funding is cut, its journalism will survive. And that's assuming Malcolm Turnbull wants to cut funding - but does he?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Any objective inquiry into the efficiency of the ABC will find that it is an efficient broadcaster and probably underfunded for what it is required to do under its charter.

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17 thoughts on “Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

  1. grubbidok

    While many have criticised the fact that Turnbull’s office essentially dictates the review and suggesting this indicates it will ‘tow the party line’, I guess it also provides the opportunity for Turnbull to wreak revenge by giving the ultimate FU to Abbott.

    Never underestimate the vindictiveness of a Minister or ex-leader scorned. Popcorn!

  2. Electric Lardyland

    I’d be interested to know how much the Howard government spent, on a report that they immediately shelved, because the result didn’t match their ideological narrative. Ah yes, those golden years of Coalition fiscal responsibility, where they spent hundreds of millions of public money, subsidising the commercial media, by being the nation’s largest advertiser.

  3. oldsalt

    Abbott owes Murdoch big time. I would be prepared to wager that this totally un-necessary exercise is merely step 1 in changes that will ultimately benefit the News Corp stable.

  4. Liamj

    Abbott doesn’t give a damn about the facts, the review is just kicking up dust while he does his masters bidding and bleeds the ABC. Turnbull might be a little bitter but he’s mostly vain and ambitious and will follow any and all orders.

  5. David Hand

    In spite of the Machiavellian view expressed around here that Abbott’s complaints about ABC bias is some sort of tactic to slash its funding, I think the two issues are completely unrelated.

    I think the ABC is biased to the left but I think if its funding was cut it would still be biased to the left.

  6. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Abbott lied about not cutting funding to the ABC. Now he is employing demonising tactics to persuade the uneducated that the ABC demonstrates bias;of an order that would not cause concern to any balanced individual. BTW anyone read the Tele, now that’s bias!
    Now he is setting up reviews to check on efficiency etc with blatant intention of reducing funding even further.
    Our PM cannot stand criticism, especially when giving the ABC a whack also sucks up to his backer the very dodgy digger!

  7. AR

    The shoutjocks criticised Krudd on achieving office for “hitting the ground reviewing..” – hardly surprising given Augean stables it found reeking to the stars – but i can’t recall many Royal Commissions at the time. That would have been seen as vindictive, not least by Lord Bunter the Downer, Phone Card Wharf Dog Reith or… so many who should have supped porridge.
    Instead, reaching across the aisle BO style, many recalcitrants were given sinecures & qango seats (Vatican Ambassador anyone, why honour Il Duce’s creation?)And how did that work out? Guess.
    Courage of convictions would be nice, even from TT as one could “think” that he’d agonised over them, rather than being served to him on a gilt platter. (see how I avoided “guilt’, that motivating factor of all failed priests?

  8. David Hand

    Hey pedantic,
    Sorry to be pedantic but can you point me to the Abbott announcement that the ABC’s funding is being cut? Calling anyone a l iar is a big statement. Calling our prime minister a liar needs an announcement or something to back it up.

  9. David Hand

    Hey pedantic,
    Sorry to be pedantic but can you point me to the Abbott announcement that the ABC’s funding is being cut? Calling anyone a l iar is a big statement. Calling our prime minister a l iar needs an announcement or something to back it up.

  10. zut alors

    Has anybody noticed that on this morning’s ‘Insiders’ with Barrie Cassidy the three panellists are all News Corp employees. The Advertiser, The Courier-Mail & The Australian are represented.

    Murdoch controls 70% of the newspaper business – but on ‘Insiders’ he’s scored 100% of the commentary.

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