The ABC’s operations could be “modernised”

Malcolm Turnbull speaking today about the ABC:

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused the ABC of ‘last century work practices’ and warned the public broadcaster that he had experience in restructuring television networks.

He told the Coalition party room today that the ABC had committed a ‘shocking error of judgment’ in partnering with The Guardian on the publication of a document leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden.

In response to a scathing critique of the broadcaster by South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi, Mr Turnbull defended ABC managing director Mark Scott and said the broadcaster was not ‘cannibalising’ private media companies.

However, he suggested the ABC’s operations could be modernised, saying ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘last century work practices’ were a problem for the broadcaster.

‘I’ve actually restructured a television network,’ Mr Turnbull told colleagues, referring to his work as a broadcast lawyer in the 1990s sale of Network Ten.

Mr Turnbull also questioned whether the broadcaster was adhering to its obligations under law.

‘The real question is, is the ABC adhering to its statutory charter and in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics,’ Mr Turnbull said, according to those at the meeting.

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165 Responses to The ABC’s operations could be “modernised”

  1. Badjack

    If Turnbull is claiming the restructure of CH10 as worthy of being included in his CV then can we get a new Minister for Communications.

  2. calli

    If Turnbull is claiming the restructure of CH10 as worthy of being included in his CV then can we get a new Minister for Communications.

    That may have been a thinly veiled threat…

    Turnbull does irony…who’d have thought?

  3. stackja

    ‘The real question is, is the ABC adhering to its statutory charter and in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics,’ Mr Turnbull said, according to those at the meeting.

    No ABC gets an F. Which is what the ABC gives, an F to one side of politics. And a great big A to the ALP.

  4. Makka

    “‘The real question is, is the ABC adhering to its statutory charter and in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics,’ Mr Turnbull said, according to those at the meeting.”

    Well Mal, what’s the answer? Show us the balance of argument and broadcasting for the Conservative view, show us the Climate Sceptic broadcasting – anywhere! Show us the balance on shows like Insiders and Q&A. Show us Malcolm.

    And if you can’t show us ,WTF you are going to do about it because I am furious that my taxpayer dollars are being spent on the Leftist propaganda and paying for exhorbitant salaries supporting Leftist parasites at the ALPB(fing)C.

  5. Dianne

    Add into the mix, the Grace Collier interview with Alan Jones this morning, and this might be about to get interesting…..Meanwhile, over at the Drum tonight, the really surprising thing was just how absurd those of the left now sound. Seriously, it is a sickness – they do not see reason or sense. It’s all abbottabbottabbott.

  6. MemoryVault

    ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘last century work practices’ were a problem for the broadcaster.

    I knew treason was old fashioned, but I didn’t realise that it gone out of vogue at the turn of the century.

  7. RCon

    said the broadcaster was not ‘cannibalising’ private media companies.

    So no substitution effect in news media???

  8. Craig Mc

    When the ABC loses Malcolm, it’s time for the poisonous drones therein to take early retirement.

  9. egg_

    the broadcaster was not ‘cannibalising’ private media companies

    Rubbish, what about the ABC’s online presence?
    Thus, no excuse for not to carry advertising, as advertisers are already missing out on market share, thanks to the ABC.
    The ABC Shops are already a marketing and sales arm of the ABC Corporation.

  10. Leigh Lowe

    Correct Craig.
    Malcolm was the last Defender of the Faith in Cabinet.
    He has obviously sniffed the wind and reflected on the last time he went off the reservation in terms of Coalition thinking (ie Global Warmening).

  11. jupes

    The solution is simple: Replace Turnball with Bernardi.

  12. Andrew

    The solution is simple: Replace Turnball with Bernardi.

    That would be awesome, we can all have dreams!

  13. Bruce

    Divide the ABC’s statutory obligations between Sky and SBS and abolish it. I give em the big finger: mene mene tekel up-yours-ABC.

    I did tune to some ABC programs particularly Dig Radio and Inside Business. So last month the ABC handed Dig Radio to JJJ who immediately turned it into crap. And last Sunday was the last ever Inside Business program. Kohler has jumped, which could be expected since he fitted the culture like a shark in a roomful of sea cucumbers.

  14. Baldrick

    ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said, “We’re an independent media organisation, that’s the role we need to play.”

    So just when does he think the ABC will meet that challenge?

  15. 2dogs

    I’m hoping Turnbull’s “restructuring” involves outsourcing all news and current affairs content.

    Certainly a big cost saver, and non-bias could be a contract term.

    And it would do a lot to improve Indonesian relations if some programmes were outsourced to Indonesian firms.

  16. JohnA

    In the cut and thrust of private enterprise, doesn’t “restructuring” mean “your fired” – as in “sorry but your job has been restructured, and you have become supernumerary.”?

  17. Infidel Tiger

    I’m hoping Turnbull’s “restructuring” involves outsourcing all news and current affairs content.

    I’m hoping it involves a bulldozer and shotgun.

  18. JohnA

    “your” –> “you’re”, darn it!

  19. Jazza

    So, is Turnbull slowly coming roundto the side of truth before your eyes and remote?
    I would have thought that by now he’d have worked out that the Anything But Conservative loved him to bits as Opposition leader simply because he was agreeing the current lefty darling leader in government at the time–he should contemplate what they’d do to HIM should he ever be fortunate enough to takeover from Eveready bunnyTony–they very simply would rival piranhas in their haste and fever to see he didn’t get re-elected!

  20. Bill

    Watching all you rabid conservatives breathlessly protest about how a media organisation can publish / televise stories that are critical of your precious government has been hilarious. All you loons are so far gone that you don’t see the irony in the idiotic and hypocritical arguments you are mounting against journo’s from left leaning media. PRICELESS!

  21. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    I’m hoping it involves a bulldozer and shotgun.

    Gold.

  22. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    journo’s

    No apostrophe, you idiot.

  23. Bill

    Thanks…your point…idiot!

  24. Gab

    Oh dear. Bill is very angry. Friend of Labor’s ABC?

  25. Pedro the Ignorant

    Watching all you rabid conservatives breathlessly protest……………

    from “Bill”.

    Who let in Peanut Head?

  26. Dianeh

    Bill

    The ABC is not meant to be left leaning. Your comment supports the ‘rabid conservatives’ point that the ABC is not adhering to its charter.

  27. Bill

    Lol, I’m very happy Gab! One term Tony is due for exit in less than a year and in that time I will enjoy watching you all jump up and down claiming bias from the media and blaming everyone for not understanding why Tony is so good. Keep it up…its very entertaining!

  28. Dianeh

    What is this extra step I have to do to post? Is it just me?

  29. JC

    Billy, Let me re-edit

    against journo’s from left leaning media. PRICELESS!

    this you wanker.

    against journo’s from left leaning taxpayer funded media. PRICELESS!

  30. Bill

    Dianeh you mistake me for someone who cares! You lot are hilarious.

  31. Bill

    Again JC you mistake me for someone who cares!

  32. JC

    Bill

    The ABC is not meant to be left leaning. Your comment supports the ‘rabid conservatives’ point that the ABC is not adhering to its charter.

    hahahahaahah Another leftwing genius we’ve latched onto.

  33. Bill

    Well thanks for entertaining me you loony right wing nuts, I need to go and watch the ABC now. Lol you guys are priceless

  34. Dianeh

    Bill

    No, we don’t mistake you for someone who cares, we know what you are. Troll and fwit.

  35. JC

    Again JC you mistake me for someone who cares!

    if you didn’t care you wouldn’t be posting comments here or replying to me Billy, you little wanker. Take a deep breath and console yourself to three terms. It’s going to be a hard road for the next decade for you.

  36. jupes

    Watching all you rabid conservatives breathlessly protest about how a media organisation can publish / televise stories that are critical of your precious government has been hilarious.

    Yeah because no one has ever criticised the Abbott government at the conservative Cat.

    It will be funny to see how someone as stupid as you obviously are will go here. Good luck Bill.

  37. JC

    Well thanks for entertaining me you loony right wing nuts, I need to go and watch the ABC now.

    Anything good on like the wonderful and riveting Keating interview?

  38. Gab

    Lol you guys are priceless

    LOL Tell someone who cares.

  39. jupes #1096420, posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    The solution is simple: Replace Turnball with Bernardi.

    Andrew #1096432, posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    That would be awesome, we can all have dreams!

    +1

  40. Bill

    Watch your blood pressure loons…

  41. JC

    I love the short leftie visits. This site really upsets them. They spew the spite then threaten to take off leaving abuse.

  42. Gab

    Watch your blood pressure loons…

    Oooh, wow, really witty retort!

  43. Bill

    Its marvellous JC…you should switch over might give you an idea of what a real leader who lasts more than one term looks like

  44. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Oh, Billy the little kid has arrived. It’s quite obvious that our new troll’s testes have not yet descended.

    How is kindergarten, Billy?

  45. Bill

    Sorry Gab…not enough expletives or insults for you?

  46. Gab

    you should switch over might give you an idea of what a real leader who lasts more than one term looks like

    Well that won’t be Rudd or gillard then, eh? LOL

  47. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Watching this one gambol about the place is cute, JC. And the site is toddler friendly.

  48. Bill

    Its excellent Mk we get to watch the left leaning brain washing play school all day.

  49. Dianeh

    Has the second class troll left yet? Can’t even engage for a few minutes before losing the plot. The standard of trolling is getting so bad it’s embarrassing. The Cat needs to attract a better standard of troll.

  50. Rabz

    Shorter Bilbo the Dildo:

    You’re all a bunch of right wing loonies, I tells ya! I love the ALPBC! I love Peanut Head! Oh no, I’ve pooped my nappies!

  51. Bill

    Or Tony Gab…lol bring on the DD

  52. MACK1

    ‘The real question is, is the ABC adhering to its statutory charter and in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics?’
    and the real answer is no and has been no for decades.

    So please Minister, do something about it, or we might all go and join the Liberal Democrats, whose policy is to privatise the ABC.
    http://www.ldp.org.au/index.php/policies/1146-deregulate-and-privatise

  53. Infidel Tiger #1096440, posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I’m hoping Turnbull’s “restructuring” involves outsourcing all news and current affairs content.

    I’m hoping Turnbull provides a good example and leads the entire organisation in group seppuku

  54. Gab

    Has the second class troll left yet?

    Second class? Lordy but you’re far too kind, Dianeh.

  55. Aliice

    I only have one question tonight. Can we please shut down BIT fucking COIN from operating CRYPTOSPEND accounts at ANZ, Westpac and ST George (aka Bank of Melbourne and Bank of SA)

    Pleeeeeaaase?

    I am sad. So sad. Not a free market at all. Not that free market.

  56. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Billy the little kiddie:

    Its excellent Mk we get to watch the left leaning brain washing play school all day.

    Tsk. I pity this little chap’s teacher, having to correct the little moppet’s first efforts at writing.

  57. Leigh Lowe

    Lol you guys are priceless

    Unfortunately the ABC is not priceless.

  58. Bill

    Thats ok MK, all will be better once Spineless pyne implements the coalitions brave new education policy…oh wait thats right he doesn’t have one anyone more
    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  59. jumpnmcar

    Allice ya old scrubba, good to see ya back. :)

  60. Gab

    This Bill sounds like a dumb version of monty.

  61. JC

    Its marvellous JC…you should switch over might give you an idea of what a real leader who lasts more than one term looks like

    Keating? He lasted one term as an elected leader, you bozo.

    He’s inspired by classical music, or so he says and has a gaudy antique clock collection.

  62. Rob MW

    Looks like someone has left the gate in the top paddock open………………again !!!!!

  63. Bill

    JC the way your precious Tony is going he won’t last a term…remember his blood oath to get rid of the Carbon Tax…DD and bye bye Tony

  64. Aliice

    Yeah Jump. They didnt get Graincorp (yaaayyyy) and now I want whoever has any power to put the boo0t up any bank in this country accommodating the BLACK bank of the global market for everything filthy and illegal.
    BIT fucking COIN fucking bastards
    (and the banks here dealing with this pack of slimebags oughta be jaaaaaaaiiiiiillllleeeed for all eternity)..

    that is Wpac. ANZ and St George

  65. Tom

    Tsk. I pity this little chap’s teacher, having to correct the little moppet’s first efforts at writing.

    Mark, I think it’s Scumshine after dropping a bucket of cheap Asian street acid, licking its arse and contracting rabies.

  66. calli

    She’s baaaack…wiv the sixguns blazing! G’day Aliice!

  67. JC

    The Carbon Tax repeal is really hitting you lefties pretty hard, Billy. It seems seems to have strongly religious overtones for you all. Shame it’s going, but you can of course blame that on the lying slapper.

  68. Bill

    We will see JC…your blokes (and a sheila) don’t look like they know what they’re doing…if Tony has the balls to call a DD he’s gone.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    Keating? He lasted one term as an elected leader, you bozo.

    And only then because he was up against an Olympic standard muppet in Hewson, who thought he was being clever taking six minutes to explain what was in a fucking birthday cake.
    Apart from the lunacy of the Coalition putting Hewson up, Keating would have been an eighteen month skid mark on the underpants of history.

  70. james

    This bill really makes one appreciate monty.

    Here is a tip billy boy, even the shambles that was the alp got another term last time around. Sure it was a minority government, but Krudd really didn’t win by that much.

    You are looking at two terms of lnp rule at least. Most Lefties seem to have serious issues accepting the massive failures of the last government. The inability to accept that they lost due is one of the funnier parts of the leftist psyche, since they are on the side of history, losing would mean history going the wrong way, a chronological impossibility!

    It makes their little brains hurt, so they fall back on playground insults like the immature children they are.

  71. Bill

    lol Leigh much like Tony will be! bring on the DD!

  72. Gab

    ol Leigh much like Tony will be! bring on the DD!

    Oh dear. Poor Bill doesn’t have much to say at all.

  73. Bill

    James all I can say is bring on the DD…that is if he has the balls to call one!

  74. JC

    Billy

    I think you have the site confused. This isn’t a pro liberal as much as it’s an anti-leftwing site. Abbott isn’t really our cup of tea for most of us here as he’s too leftie and statist. The only thing we can about the Libs at the moment is that at least they aren’t the Australian Liars Party, or their coalition partner, the human trash

  75. Bill

    I don’t really have to Gab the disaster that is the lnp speaks for itself! bring on the dd!

  76. JC

    Billy

    Who is going to be the leader of the opposition at the next election?

  77. Tom

    JC, the fucktards think that because the great unwashed aren’t behaving like headless Alinskyist fruitcakes, they can’t be heard and their vote no longer matters. Even though it will really piss off the politically disengaged, this scum, like the latest hit-run troll, need to be taught a lesson about how democracy really works and what voters who aren’t irresponsible tax-eating vermin really think. Bring on the double dissolution — to Custer’s Alamo!!! Charge!!!

  78. Bill

    JC keep trying to distance yourself from the disaster that is Abbott…its ok he’ll be gone in 6 or 7 months then you can go back to just blaming the government.

  79. Bill

    JC who cares it can be Sloppy Joe for all I care…thats up to the lnp

  80. james

    Bill I dont think Abbott has the balls to call a dd, but I wish he did. An election based entirely on the carbon tax with the alp scraping the very bottom of the war chest?

    You would gain no seats in the lower and would lose senators.

    Wake up to reality and stop listening to your teachers billy boy. They don’t know shit.

  81. Gab

    bring on the dd!

    I agree. When Whitlam (it’s time, Gough, really) called a DD he won. The voters showed what they thought at the 2013nelection on matters of border security and the carbon tax and Labor’s big spending. And now Labor is acting as though an election that trounced them out on their collective arses never happened. Mind you, Labor said before the election they would get rid of the carbon tax and now they’re arguing to keep the carbon tax. How many millions did the last election cost and now Labor wants a DD? Yep, the electorate is going to love that. so yeah, bring it on.

  82. JC

    Lol Tom.

    Mark my words:

    Let’s say the repeal of the Slapper tax and the mining tax doesn’t through and Abbott calls a DD. We will then have leftwingers call it unfair and undemocratic and that we should remove the constitutional provision for a DD.

  83. Bruce

    Is that you Bob? Bob Ellis and Bill sound remarkably similar.

  84. Bill

    But James Tony made a blood oath! If he doesn’t call a DD then he’s on borrowed time…so its either less than one-term Tony or one term Tony. Both are ok with me.

  85. Dianeh

    Gab

    I’m not sure talking to it as though it has had an original, or coherent, thought is using your time wisely.

  86. james

    Oh and Bill, have the balls to hang around for the six or seven months until your predictions prove false.

    You will be quite welcome if you learn to construct an argument.

    It is a lot to ask I know, but tony N manages to do it from time to time, so it can’t be THAT hard for a leftie to learn.

  87. JC

    JC keep trying to distance yourself from the disaster that is Abbott…its ok he’ll be gone in 6 or 7 months then you can go back to just blaming the government.

    Yes, looking back a decade can feel like six months or shorter if you placed in a chemically induced coma.

    Billy, have you heard about the JC leftie suicide hotline? Lots and lots of people have used our services. We don’t for sure as it’s a one way trip, but I can confidently say that our customers were very satisfied. If you choose to use it I will personally take the line and help you through it.

  88. Bill

    Ah Gab so the plan is to work along the lines of the lnp strategy when Gough was in power. have a DD but you will have a GG of your choice to sack the legitimate government…very clever!

  89. JC

    But James Tony made a blood oath! If he doesn’t call a DD then he’s on borrowed time…so its either less than one-term Tony or one term Tony. Both are ok with me.

    Billy, I’ll let you in a little secret. Back in 07 when the earwax eater won the election, I used to think that every little misstep would be the end of the liars. But it wasn’t. Despite them being the worst government in federation history, they actually hung on for two terms.

    Governments in Australia don’t often change, so the odds aren’t with you. Hang in there old fella and don’t get worked up and excited.

  90. Bill

    JC is that a decade in dog years…Abbott is a dog of a PM so I can understand your mistake.

  91. Gab

    Bill
    #1096484, posted on December 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Well thanks for entertaining me you loony right wing nuts, I need to go and watch the ABC now.

    And yet you’re still here. Leftards. They’re all the same. They lie.

  92. JC

    No in human years Billster. But you knew that, right?

    As I said, hang in there. Keep fit because a decade is a longish time.

  93. Bill

    JC the only reason they lasted for 2 terms was because TA was the only alternative…he’s a dog of a pm and yes he’ll last a decade…in dog years!

  94. Gab

    Keep up the comments, Bill. I’m sure you’re hit on Facebook.

  95. Bill

    No Gab I can watch two forms of entertainment without being confused…you poor dear.

  96. JC

    And yet you’re still here. Leftards. They’re all the same. They lie.

    lol, We own them. The Cat is like a modern version of slavery for lefties. As soon as they show up here, we take ownership of their minds.

    Look at Stepford, Fatboy and now Billy. They can’t leave unless we give them permission.

  97. egg_

    So please Minister, do something about it

    Yes Minister, do reform the ABC, else you be ‘reformed’.

  98. Bill

    Gab what is this Facebook? Sounds like another left wing conspiracy.

  99. Bill

    Why would I leave JC watching you deluded fucktards is entertaining!

  100. james

    JC billy ain’t ready for the suicide hotline. Give him some time to develop a level of self awareness. By the time the alp is back in power around 2023 he may be ready to admit he has a problem.

    Fucking hell the left has gone feral since losing all responsibility. It really does suit them to be in opposition, they remain ever the perpetual children complaining about bedtime. It’s only when they get in charge of their bedtimes that things go completely haywire.

    Billy judging by your posts you should turn on the ABC. Currently they are running a delightful story about how wonderful Keating was, should prove a calming balm to send limited leftist minds off to the land of nod.

  101. james

    We need Lefties like billy around. Sometimes the vaguely competent trolls such as numbers and monty can delude those of us on the right that we are facing an opposition consisting of those who are merely wrong, rather than those semi retarded cretins that lurk on the left hand side of the bell curve.

    Billy is far more representative of the perpetually juvenile left than those other worthies.

  102. Tom

    The curiosity is to work out whether the latest fucktard intruder is someone with the maturity of a 16-year-old as his limited diction indicates or, as we eventually discover, he’s an over-40s bottle fed beta with mummy issues. But with leftards, it often turns out they’re well into their fifties and early sixties, as it’s not a maturity issue, but a mental illness tragedy that wasn’t intercepted. This one is so exceptionally disabled he reminds me of Monster — and I instantly feel guilty. I’m sorry. Monst, your mental issues are well under control compared with this turkey.

  103. Gab

    I just find it hilarious that he’s so butt hurt becuase people dare to criticize their ABC. It’s like we’ve hurt him physically and emotionally. ha ha.

  104. jupes

    Keep going Billy. No one can hold a candle to you.

    A couple of tips though: Post more often and try not to repeat yourself.

  105. Rousie

    Gab what is this Facebook? Sounds like another left wing conspiracy.

    Seppo for sure.

  106. james

    Tom you are correct. But this little rabbit strikes me as a undergraduate sort.

    The only question is whether he began his undergrad at 18 or 45.

  107. ‘… in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics,’ Mr Turnbull said …

    The ABC, by its charter, has an obligation to give fair treatment to all sides of politics. The first part of proper, impartial treatment to all sides, of course, must be to acknowledge that there are in fact more than two sides.

  108. Tom

    Great to see you again, Deadman. You’ve been missed!

  109. Rob MW

    “Why would I leave JC watching you deluded fucktards is entertaining!”

    Not really…….. but what is entertaining is watching a one legged idiot in an arse kicking competition you delusional commie wingnut and btw, stop visiting the back of the neighbours tool-shed………you’ll go blind and get blisters you stupid immature prick. Don’t sweat it Billy………they’ll drop soon enough and then you’ll be able to show everyone how they are swingin’.

  110. Large Brass Ears

    Bill, it appears you have forgotten that St John Kerr was Whitlams preferred GG. Idiota!

  111. Gab

    Bill, it appears you have forgotten that St John Kerr was Whitlams preferred GG. Idiota!

    Keating? He lasted one term as an elected leader, you bozo.

    See? That’s what happens when you watch Labor’s ABC. No idea at all about historical events.

  112. Mike of Marion

    Bill is being quiet at the moment – he’s taking instructions from Sussex Street and he has to get it all down parrot fashion

  113. Percy

    “must be to acknowledge that there are in fact more than two sides”

    Spot on Deadman.

  114. Driftforge

    This is amusing. Even Monty contributes more than Bill. In for the laughs, watch the 2×4 on the way out.

  115. james

    Being a lefty means never having to learn how to think.

  116. Bruce

    Ah, Keating! I do like loveable rogues like Latham and Keating and Katter.

    But I will never forgive Keating for lying about the L-A-W tax cuts, or the J-curve or the recession we had to have. The GFC was much worse than 1991 yet we had no recession because of the waterproofing done by Costello. Who had to pay off Keatings deficit, evan as Hockey now has to pay off Rudd’s wasted gone-ski billions.

    Meanwhile I am paying many of my tax dollars to the ABC involuntarily, who are in breach of their charter. They should repent or be destroyed.

  117. entropy

    Abbott’s only redeeming feature is his amazing ability to drive lefties absolutely rapid. Look at this Billy twit.every post is ABBOTTABBOTTABBOTT! Apart from that he is an athletic but pathetic social conservative, and thus likely to be a disappointment overall. But as the farmer said to Babe “that’ll do, pig, that’ll do”

    And this thread was supposed to be about the $1.2b spent on the ABC and whether or not Turnbull’s view that it does not crowd out the commercial sector is true or not.

    How can multiple free to air channels not substitute the commercial sector? There are only so many hours in a day. And the ABC can use the deep well known as Other Peoples’ Money aka taxpayers’ while the commercial sector has to rely on advertisers.

  118. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Watching Little Billy the monkey boy dance and caper for our amusement this evening has been hilarious. I’ve been reading Vol IV of the History of the Ministry of Munitions (Manpower and Dilution) and it’s pretty dry stuff. Sp sipping madiera and breaking the study up with quick scans of you all toying with the new little dancing monkey has made a rather dry evening quite lively!

    Thanks to all (and back to the grindstone).

  119. Tintarella Di Luna

    I live for the day that the ABC is privatised, it is an unchartered leftist organisation a remnant of the worst of Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany we don’t need a State funded media outlet that notion is a remnant of totalitarianism -Turnbull’s right it is old fashioned and soooo last millennium

  120. Johno

    Apparently at the Victorian Liberal Party’s State Conference at the weekend there was overwhelming support for a motion calling on the Abbott government to privatise their ABC. Motions passed by State conference are not binding on the Parlimentary Party, but you would hope that Party members in Victoria are asking their local members what action they are taking to enact the will of the people.

    Hopefully other States will follow the Victorian example.

  121. struth

    You can see what subject really sets the retards off. If this bill isn’t proof of the left wing bias of the ABC what is. Even if it’s just a veiled threat, off they go half cocked.
    As I said earlier today, just a slight bit of push and they implode.

  122. struth

    Take the money away. We are the bosses. Fact.

  123. struth

    If the ABC are not brought to heel and at least made to be non biased we haven’t a hope.
    After what they have recently done on the international stage against Australia, using Australian’s money to fight Australia, it is the perfect time to kick their arse. It has to be done.

  124. HK_Brother

    Anyone notice Bill needs to clock-off at about 9:30pm?

    …He’s either on the meter or he needs to go to school/university tomorrow.
    ie: Paid loser. Or Indoctrinated Left-leaning troll.

    Lefties can’t stand they lost. They still can’t fathom Abbott is Prime Minister. It spins their mind that Abbott told the Climate Change Movement to go f**k itself at Warsaw. (See the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and how the greenie groups chucked a tantrum and stormed out). We were joined by Canada, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, etc…For once, we led the way!

  125. entropy

    They can’t be made to be non biased, Struth. Can a leopard change its spots?
    It has just reached its use by date. The reason it was originally established is no longer relevant, and nowadays it just takes the market away from Fairfax and channel ten.

  126. twostix

    hahahahaahah Another leftwing genius we’ve latched onto.

    “Tony Abbott is prime minister and the ABC is about to get kicked LOL LOL LOL I’M PRETENDING TO BE SO HAPPY”.

    We’re getting that a lot from the left lately.

    They’re burning up inside.

  127. Gab

    I quite like the suggestion someone upthread made about pay per view. Let them exist on salaries dependent on those who actually want to pay to watch Labor’s ABC. They can then continue to be the rabid lefty partisan anti-science organization they are today just not sucking the taxpayer dry for the pleasure. Foxtel can add them to its stable of channels.

  128. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    The ABC is a turkey. If it was a kitchen I’d rip it out and start again for Christmas.

    Hiya again, Aliice, that’s the spirit, keep that ire up.

    And Deadman, I used ‘it was proved’ instead of ‘it was proven’ in a comment today and thought immediately of you and the maintenance of standards and would like a consultation on that. I think I may be slipping.

    Bill, trill off. You are a man acting like a girl.

  129. Welcome back Deadman. You’ve been sorely missed

  130. JC

    They’re burning up inside.

    I know they hate it.

    The Abbott government hasn’t been great, it’s bungled a few things but overall they would get 55% from me in terms of performance. The earwax eater and the Slapper’s governments would receive 10%.

    Lefties get really excited thinking that minor stumbles will see their beloved liars back in government in a few weeks time. That’s how eaten up they are.

    It’s why we see Fatboy acting like he’s on speed. He goes over to leftie blogs, memorizes the talking points, gets all excited and comments here.

    They need to relax. Liars are out of government and in the wilderness for years to come.

    They going through the anger phase. Eventually they will hit grief.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Has Bill really gone home? Good-0. He was such a waste of pixels.

    They should repent or be destroyed.

    They’ll never repent so it has to be the latter – in large measure or small. Preferably large.
    Realistically though, they need an immediate head-kicker to pull them into line.
    Then death by a thousand cuts. Preferably applied coterminously.

  132. twostix

    Lefties get really excited thinking that minor stumbles will see their beloved liars back in government in a few weeks time. That’s how eaten up they are.

    lol they really do. They really think some magic is going to happen and the electorate will realise the great mistake they’ve made and immediately put the ALP back in charge.

    Not understanding that the last five years was the mistake and this is the correction.

  133. Sinc, can we please – to paraphrase Tarantino – kill Bill? He contributes nothing, disturbs everything. Such trolling deserves the banhammer. You can consider being merciful again around Easter.

  134. wreckage

    Bill must be on some really good shit. He types like a whirlwind.

    Keep it up, Bill! It’s random weirdos staggering into comment threads on Libertarian blogs that is going to win the next election for whatsisname.

    That guy who was in the ALP, I think. Someone help me out here?

  135. Oh come on

    you don’t see the irony in the idiotic and hypocritical arguments you are mounting against journo’s from left leaning media. PRICELESS!

    PRICELESS! A mouth-breathing retard unintentionally concedes that the ABC is “left leaning”, thus operating in contravention of its charter. Thanks for confirming that for us, Bill. Decisive action must be taken immediately to ensure that the ABC is no longer “left leaning”.

  136. Up The Workers!

    “Modernising” the A.L.P.B.C.?

    Sounds like a good idea.

    Rupert Murdoch “modernised” the “News of The World” and there hasn’t been a single complaint about it since!

  137. Tel

    They’re burning up inside.

    We are sitting in a slightly comfortable position for the next few years to watch the Obamacare train wreck from a safe distance. Think about it though… we have an aging population and we put effort into keeping them alive, the USA has an aging population and they self-implode their own health system. Who’s the clever country here?

  138. manalive

    Not understanding that the last five years was the mistake and this is the correction …

    Even then Rudd peddled himself as a no-name unbranded candidate, fiscal conservative etc. etc., he would not have won in 2007 if he had proposed the policies that he later adopted.

  139. Jazza

    Bill, you need to get out more and stop believing the tripe spouted at the ABC— just why do you think a DD would NOT favour the government,when trainee leader Short Willie is busy soaking up all the blame for the need to consider another election at all?
    Also just HOW eager do you think the new Senators coming into office July 1 2014 will be to give the public another go and risk their six year sinecures?
    Hmm?

  140. struth

    I think Entropy could be right.
    Even if we put a broom through the ABC it would only be a matter of time before they’re at it again.
    The set up is all wrong. Our society doesn’t have the ethics and integrity it once did. Especially public servants and bureaucracy. It doesn’t supply anything other services don’t already do, nothing at all, and anything it does is firmly biased to the left.

  141. Makka

    It’s great watching Lefturd heads explode real time. Poor Dill is coming to grips with likely a decade of Conservative Govt. All those humanities/green/compassion jobs going up in smoke. His uni degree wont be worth toilet paper by the time he eventually leaves.

    But keep punching Dill. We like to keep in touch with what the vermin are up to in the sewer.

  142. Leo G

    ‘The real question is, is the ABC adhering to its statutory charter and in particular its obligation to give fair treatment to both sides of politics”

    The terms ABCs of the ABC charter are not legally enforceable, so how is ABC legally obliged to give fair treatment? It has not and it does not fairly treat the sides in any issue, whether or not political. It is a divisive organisation and becoming more so.
    Its officials even show contempt for the Criminal Code, of which, with some justification, they believe weak political leaders are afraid to allow enforcement.

  143. struth

    They are also delusional.
    Their defence lately is that they are an “independent” news service/ media outlet. They better get on to their mates at the dictionary to change the meaning of “independent” because at the moment it is described as “financially self reliant”

  144. lotocoti

    When Malcie speaks of ‘modernising’ operations at their ABC, I suspect he’s looking at faffing about with those curious spread the love practices where a show is produced and cut in Brisbane, the host is a Melbourne FIFO and the audio post is done in Sydney.

  145. Luke

    End the ABC! All of it. Leave nothing.

    There is no excuse for a government owned media in the 21st century.

    Next is to come for all those ‘independent leftist ALP luvies entities’ living off government grants.

    I’m sick of coalition governments acting some wet behind the ears 1st year school teacher sucking up to the cool kids and bullies in the hope they’ll think they are cool and decided to behave (or turn their negative attention elsewhere).

  146. Makka

    “Leo G #1096921, posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

    “It is a divisive organisation and becoming more so.”

    Quite so. All that can change however with a new executive at the ALPBC.

    Change the executive and the culture will alter because money will be spent where the executive chooses. Until the Govt has the stones to do that, nothing can change at the ALPBC.

    Look at how the BBC has become over time a monolith of Leftist/Green values. The leftards at the ABC dream of such an outcome for themselves.

  147. struth

    Turncoat is just agreeing slightly and doing as little as he can to placate the party.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if he were saying to Mark Scott……….just keep yer head down there mate, I’ll sort this out. It’ll all blow over soon.

  148. Tapdog

    It has not and it does not fairly treat the sides in any issue, whether or not political. It is a divisive organisation and becoming more so.

    That’s because student journalists were taught that their duty is not just to report fact but to be active advocates of social change. This is the gospel according to Wendy Bacon whose ducks are now all in a row.

    Time to “eliminate some waste”.

  149. bons

    This site has developed chicken pox – little puss-heads appearing all over it – recommend an application of carbolic soap applied with a wire brush. But then they would probably enjoy the B&D
    experience.

  150. egg_

    Even then Rudd peddled himself as a no-name unbranded candidate, fiscal conservative etc. etc., he would not have won in 2007 if he had proposed the policies that he later adopted.

    Yup, he sold himself as Howard-lite, and hence got Murdoch’s support.
    To Aunty, he was probably just a Trojan horse to deliver her brand of Government.

  151. james

    A mouth-breathing retard unintentionally concedes that the ABC is “left leaning”,

    Indeed.

    The advocates of the ABC will defend its impartiality with furious anger and then turn on a 10 cent piece and proclaim that it is needed as a lonely left wing voice to help balance to evil right wing commercial media.

    They seem to have absolutely no self awareness at all. It reminds me of their blindness to the difference between a biased private newspaper and a biased tax eating behemoth.

  152. Rococo Liberal

    Can someone explain to me why we need the ABC at all?

    My expereince has been that the ABC’s only real function is to broadcast BBC docos and dramas and give us a half decent classical FM station.

    The BBC are now going to broadcast themselves through Foxtel, so the amount of BBC content on the ABC will shrink from the middle of next year.

    They could easily sell off ABC Classical FM.

    Are there really people in the regions/bush who can’t get news from another source?

    If we must have an ABC, can’t we just limit it to a basic tv and rasio service, with a small web presence and no news or current affairs.

  153. Rococo Liberal

    radio, not rasio

  154. Mark from Melbourne

    It’ll all blow over soon.

    And it might, too, unless we keep the pressure on. Everyone needs to get off their rear and make it clear to the Parliamentary Party that something must be done.

  155. struth

    Your right Mark, I think most here have written to Turnbull, or their local member. I think that is why the party talked about it the other day. It must be kept up because I for one have recieved no reply.

  156. Bill, this is leftard hell, as you will eventually realise. But for now, you remind us of this guy.

  157. little puss-heads appearing all over it

    Puss-heads? Now now Kitten, don’t go kicking your cat litter out of your box or you won’t get your milk!

  158. MT Isa Miner

    Tapdog

    #1096982, posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    It has not and it does not fairly treat the sides in any issue, whether or not political. It is a divisive organisation and becoming more so.

    That’s because student journalists were taught that their duty is not just to report fact but to be active advocates of social change. This is the gospel according to Wendy Bacon whose ducks are now all in a row.

    Time to “eliminate some waste”.

    Tapdog: “Journos” , ducks, bacon…
    Who was it said “When I hear the words ABC, I reach for my revolver” ?

    Can’t be a death threat because I don’t have a revolver.

  159. JohnA

    Rococo Liberal #1097069, posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Can someone explain to me why we need the ABC at all?

    My expereince has been that the ABC’s only real function is to broadcast BBC docos and dramas and give us a half decent classical FM station.

    We don’t need an ABC at all. Out of date practices includes “State-owned media outlets”.

    And ABC Classical FM is only half decent – the other half is news reproduced from the rest of the anachronism.

  160. LABCR-TV

    ‘Mr Turnbull defended ABC managing director Mark Scott’

    How can Turnbull defend Scott, in light of 19 century work practices at the ABC, in light of an appalling decision to release stolen documents knowing it would (and did) hurt Australian foreign relations, and in light of clear, prolonged, relentless left wing bias in youth, news and political commentary.

    It would appear Turnbull has low standards of endorsement.

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