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When Pauline Hanson put the ABC on the table as a bargaining chip to negotiate Mitch Fifield's media law reform changes, the government grabbed it with both hands.

Hanson's requirements -- that the ABC be "fair and balanced", that it be forced to focus on regional areas, that there be a competitive neutrality inquiry -- seem to be clear retribution for journalism at the public broadcaster investigating Hanson's One Nation party. Hanson has been railing against the ABC since a Four Corners episode on the ABC aired in April, exposing the backroom politics of the party.

After the ABC's Insiders program the following week revealed she was part of a delegation to Afghanistan, which was then cancelled, she announced she’d boycott the ABC in a Facebook video,  and said she would only support the media reforms if the ABC and SBS budgets were slashed.