ABBOTT ZOOMS IN ON THE ABC
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The ABC’s government-imposed efficiency audit may have recommended even further cuts to the imperious broadcaster but one thing is certain: No cuts will be made to the wages of its 4,700 employees who account for half its fat budget of over $1 billion.
Gillard-appointed Chairman, Jim Spigelman and CEO Mark Scott (who has afforded himself a salary of $700,000 pa, plus extras) have continued the taxpayer-funded drunken orgy, divorced from reality and economic imperative.
Highly paid executives in the private sector live or die by results, but no such competitive handicap applies to the ABC.
Over the past 20 years it has become a magnet for every Left wing ex-uni loon who fancies being paid six grand a week, with every emolument known to man, to espouse a Left bias.
Left or Right is not the issue. The issue is the obscenity of a publicly-funded political organisation responsible only to itself.
The ABC cannot be sold, it cannot be disbanded and it cannot be harnessed. Reducing its budget will not affect the bulging pay packets it spent buckets of our money unsuccessfully in court trying to hide.
What will suffer is programming, and you can bet your socks it won’t be the programming that appeals to the Left.
Instead, programs like Bananas in Pyjamas and Landline will be axed, giving Shorten the perfect base from which he can attack Abbott.
So what must Abbott do to euthanise this out of control monstrosity?
Actually there is only one option available to Abbott: Merge it with SBS and set the combined budget at $600,000 pa with limited advertising, a new Board and a new Chairman capable of applying balance. Oh, and a new Minister for Communications.
Is a combined ABC/SBS a Right-wing nutjob proposal? Not really, it was Bob Hawke’s idea before it was soundly defeated from within.
But Abbott won’t be defeated from within and now is the time to move on this grotesque mutant that treats itself like royalty and the average taxpayer with disdain.