You would think Craig Emerson would recall media policy under the previous Labor government. But no:
By asking the ABC whose side it is on following the airing on Q&A of a question from a man who had been charged with terror offences, Australia’s Prime Minister was essentially accusing the national broadcaster of supporting terrorism. It’s part of a pattern. Eighteen months ago, the Prime Minister accused the ABC of taking “everybody’s side but Australia’s”. It seems the Prime Minister will decide who is on Team Australia and the circumstances in which they are selected.
Under the previous Labor government we had a Prime Minister in Julia Gillard who didn’t ask who was on Team Australia’s side – a legitimate question for the Australian Prime Minister to ask of the Australian taxpayer funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation – but who was on Team Gillard’s side. When journalists investigated her own role in some union activity she organised for journalists to be sacked from their jobs, and had a full on inquiry into the media. Her partner in incompetent governemnt Bob Brown took to singling out and abusing News journalists at his press conferences. All that for criticising the government. Abbott isn’t just suggesting the ABC is anti-government, he is suggesting the ABC is anti-Australia – a very clear distinction.