man walks past ABC entrance with television screen showing press conference about job cuts
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This week’s dramatic cuts to the ABC are the worst cuts possible -- other than any of the alternative cuts the ABC could have made. Something had to give, thanks to the Liberal government's 2018 decision to freeze funding until 2022, costing the public broadcaster $84 million.

At the time, it was dismissed as an outgoing act of bastardry by a dying government. Now, combined with the cuts the Liberals promised not to make before the 2013 election, it’s estimated ABC real income will be down by 10% by the time of the next election.

Does the government care? Not much. Punish
enemies, reward friends -- that’s the Morrison approach. And attacking the ABC
brings an added benefit -- News Corp’s gratitude.