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Department of corrections. Fairfax papers on Saturday published a lengthy correction and apology to former prime minister Paul Keating for an article published in June about the ABC. In the article, journalist Jacqueline Maley repeated a story, reported several times over the years, of a meeting between then-ABC managing director David Hill and then-treasurer Keating when Hill was lobbying for ABC funding -- a story that had never been confirmed by Keating. The story included a quote reportedly from Keating that suggested the treasurer had threatened the ABC. The apology said: