Getting Evenitis

PVO in The Australian draws our attention this development:

Just when you thought One Nation couldn’t become any more craven one of its senators has threatened to block the government’s budget measures unless ABC funding is slashed by $600m.

Putting to one side the pathetic tit-for-tat game of blocking one policy script to pressure a government to enact another, what is the ABC’s crime exactly?

Senator Brian Burston doesn’t like the way the ABC has reported on recent One Nation controversies. Of course he doesn’t — the odium of what’s been exposed damages the reputation of the minor party and its senior team, raising serious questions about the need for reform to its operations.

Now there are 1.2 billion good reasons to cut ABC funding – but as PVO points out cutting their funding for doing precisely what they currently funded to do does seem a bit strange. But it’s the hypocrisy that really annoys. PVO also tells:

Thankfully government MPs and Senators have quickly attacked One Nation’s approach.

Hmmmmmmm. Would those be the same  government MPs and Senators who are so keen to introduce the bank levy?

We need to call out what has happened in the lead-up to the bank tax because spite and politicking are the real reasons behind this policy, not prudent decision-making. Morrison was outraged that a former Labor premier (Anna Bligh) was selected to head up the Australian Bankers Association. One of Morrison’s staff members had been in the running for the role. Liberals were annoyed that three of the big four chief executives signed a letter calling on the government to support marriage equality. So much for free speech advocacy. And Resources Minister Matt Canavan laid into Westpac over its decision to shun investments in new coalmines.

This archaic, decrepit government — out of touch with diversity and environmental modernity — doesn’t like big organisations spouting what they know about the value of such principles to succeed. So it has bitten back with a backward-looking tax that will harm the economy. It doesn’t even expire when the budget is back in surplus, even though Morrison called on the banks to help get the budget back into surplus as his reason for instituting such a tax.

Our friends in Canberra are abusing their policy making powers if not actually for personal gain* certainly for personal reasons.  It is not enough to be personally annoyed with the ABC so let’s cut their funding (but watch this space) or personally annoyed with the banks so let’s whack them with a new tax.

*For that level of brazen behaviour you need to look to New South Wales state politics.

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31 Responses to Getting Evenitis

  1. Squirrel

    I may have mis-heard, but if the One Nation demand is only for a $600m funding cut over four years, rather than per year, they clearly need to be provoked somewhat further by Aunty.

  2. H B Bear

    I don’t care why or how it happens. I just want the ALPBC destroyed.

    The Lieborals aren’t ever going to do it.

  3. Rococo Liberal

    Words cannot describe my anger when I hear the big banks turning class traitors and standing up for shit leftwing identity politics. They are jsu acting like Turnbull’s mob, appeasing the left for no effing good reason.

  4. Shy Ted

    Stick to your guns, One Nation. If PVO criticizes you, you know you’re in the right.

  5. Tel

    Just when you thought One Nation couldn’t become any more craven one of its senators has threatened to block the government’s budget measures unless ABC funding is slashed by $600m.

    Cutting the ABC budget like a perfectly sensible strategy, I would call the Australian “craven” for their gutless inability to front up to the problems facing this country and their support of the status quo. That’s the real cowardly position. SJW’s always project.

    Senator Brian Burston doesn’t like the way the ABC has reported on recent One Nation controversies. Of course he doesn’t — the odium of what’s been exposed damages the reputation of the minor party and its senior team, raising serious questions about the need for reform to its operations.

    First point: I’m willing to get government spending cuts regardless of motive, because at the end of the day what matters is the balance sheet and how deep we get into debt. Cutting the ABC budget would make further cuts easier because they are primarily a mouthpiece for the “Progressive” big government movement.

    Second point: I really, really don’t care about who bought some small aircraft that Hanson uses to fly out and visit her constituents. At least she makes an effort to look at real issues and she isn’t slurping from the taxpayer and if there might be a One Nation donor who feels ripped off then let that person come forward to make a complaint, but other than that, this is the most vindictive, shallow, load of garbage non-issue and just demonstrates why nothing gets done in Australian politics.

    My opinion of Hanson just went up considerably. I don’t care if she is a protest party, because if the only thing she does is help wake people up to just how bad the current crop of politicians and journalists are pissing in each other’s pockets, that’s still a job well done.

    Thankfully government MPs and Senators have quickly attacked One Nation’s approach.

    Well they would do wouldn’t they. Let them make a deal with Shorten then.

  6. Seco

    Where was the ABC’s investigative powers when it came to Craig Thompson or union corruption?

    Just doing their job. Bullshit!

  7. Jannie

    This will make the ABC more respectful of One Nation. The ABC has never faced a real funding threat before and they will do whatever they need to do to keep their money, including being nice to One Nation.

    Defunding the ABC is excellent policy, and it is worth blackmail and bastardry to the point of stopping the budget to get it through. It also makes up for the dumber stuff in ON’s lockerbag.

  8. Marcus

    First point: I’m willing to get government spending cuts regardless of motive, because at the end of the day what matters is the balance sheet and how deep we get into debt. Cutting the ABC budget would make further cuts easier because they are primarily a mouthpiece for the “Progressive” big government movement.

    That may all be true, but the problem with One Nation is that there’s no guarantee they’d pass any other cuts even if the government acquiesced to their wishes on ABC funding. Pauline Hanson was in favour of penalty rate cuts before she spoke to people who’d lose out through the policy, she was in favour of reforming the GST distribution until she realised that Queensland might take a cut…

    That’s why you shouldn’t cave in to populists. They’ll never back you up if you have to do something unpopular.

  9. BrettW

    I am all for ABC cuts. He is a simple one. Cut Paul Barry off Media Watch and let the Four Corners host read the script. Even if the off screen staff remain the same that is about 1 million in savings over 5 years.

    Have an audit of what staff do from late November until early Feb and cut out waste of staff who claim to be working when their shows are off air.

    How about letting us know what the appearance fees are for shows like Insiders, The Drum, and Q&A etc.

  10. Rabz

    I just want the ALPBC destroyed.

    It’s an excellent, simple, universal and seemingly timeless concept.

  11. EB

    I don’t know what the obsession is with cutting the ABC’s funding is, unless they’ve got control over what is getting cut.

    Anyone with half a brain knows what will happen, none of the horseshit like Annabel Crabb, Insiders, The Drum or Q&A gets cut, it’s all the regional stuff that will get the arse, all the regional radio shows and all the state news programs.

    Unless there’s a guarantee of getting rid of every egotistical blowhard and the talking head shows that sustain them, don’t waste my time.

  12. alexnoaholdmate

    See, here’s what I don’t understand:

    Putting to one side the pathetic tit-for-tat game of blocking one policy script to pressure a government to enact another, what is the ABC’s crime exactly?

    Has anyone reminded Peter that that’s exactly how parliamentary government is meant to work? That compromises are made among the different elected representatives to get their agendas through? That different interest groups among the parties are meant to balance each other to a certain extent so that each has a voice and can further the objectives it was elected to pursue?

    Now, I believe we should have a parliamentary convention – as they do in the UK and Canada – that a government should have the right to have its budget passed without alteration. But we don’t, we never have, and this kind of horsetrading is exactly how the system is designed to operate.

    Oh, and one other thing:

    Thankfully government MPs and Senators have quickly attacked One Nation’s approach.

    “Thankfully?”

    I guess we can at last put to bed any lingering pretence that PVO is an impartial observer of events. When you’re openly barracking for the defeat of a policy, you relinquish the right to claim such a title.

  13. Tim Neilson

    This archaic, decrepit government — out of touch with diversity and environmental modernity

    OK, so there are reasons to vote for them.

  14. Tim Neilson

    Anyone with half a brain knows what will happen, none of the horseshit like Annabel Crabb, Insiders, The Drum or Q&A gets cut, it’s all the regional stuff that will get the arse, all the regional radio shows and all the state news programs.

    You’re right EB, it’s the old “firemen first” rule.

    But eventually when they’re doing nothing remotely useful to anyone except themselves, they’ll have no leverage to stop being shut down entirely.

    Perhaps the government should act to sell off the useful regional stuff, even if it takes some sort of ongoing “public funding” (ugh, can’t believe I just said that), leaving only the parasitical stuff, then start the campaign to shut it down. (And “fire the lot”. And raze the site. And plough in the salt. And sell them into slavery, or pyramid of skulls if that’s preferred.)

  15. Baldrick

    I just want the ALPBC destroyed.

    … and people said Roger F. was being too harsh. I think not.

  16. Wayneof Perth

    This archaic, decrepit government — out of touch with diversity and environmental modernity

    OK, so there are reasons to vote for them.

    Laughed out loud Tim.

  17. Entropy

    You have to do them slowly.
    First, merge SBS and the Abac as an efficiceny measure, with a net budget of $1 billion.
    Then, reduce the number bet of digital channels to two: the national broadcast and an ethnic channel.
    Then, hive off ABC rural as a separate entity. You will never get rid of it anyway.
    Let the remainder die of neglect.

  18. Just Interested

    One Nation folds on the ABC, like they do on almost any issue:

    http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/05/31/07/48/one-nation-issues-threat-over-abc-funding

    End of this thread.,

  19. Mullet

    In this day & age of internet availability, where you could easily publish your own thoughts on a website or YouTube, there is no real requirement for the existence of the ABC and SBS in its current public-funded format. There will always be a requirement for the rural ABC channels, but for the urban areas, close them down and sell them off.

  20. duncanm

    Ok – I don’t agree with Pauline’s plan, but I’m glad she’s going all guns blazing.

    Its bringing to the fore their disgusting behaviour around ‘plane-gate’. Hopefully it’ll give her some air time to explain why she’s going for their nads.

    That’s all it needs to do. I don’t think she’s really serious about following it through, either.

  21. Mique

    PVO is one of the few wrieters outside the ABC/Fairfax axis whom i simply cannot bring myself to read. I can even tolerate Troy Bramston who makes no secret of his ALP loyalty but who nevertheless writes intelligently. With PVO, however, my gorge rises on seeing his by-line.

  22. Rob MW

    Just when you thought One Nation couldn’t become any more craven one of its senators has threatened to block the government’s budget measures unless ABC funding is slashed by $600m.

    Lol. So PVO, employed in a private industry, is defending a government funded competitor. FMD this bloke is as sharp as a tack.

  23. Norman Church

    Something happens when journalists join the Canberra Press Gallery. Within a very short period, they become totally captured by groupthink and start espousing all the same tiresome big government, PC crap. I am interested to know what happens. My suspicion is that journalists are so desperate to join the club that they start parroting the same tiresome bilge that slurps forth from the mouths of more senior members of the gallery. To build up some momentum, they start virtue signalling and begin concentrating on the gesture politics to which the regressive left devote their attention. PVO is classic example of this phenomenon.

  24. Siltstone

    PVO: This archaic, decrepit government — out of touch with diversity and environmental modernity — doesn’t like big organisations spouting what they know about the value of such principles to succeed.
    It is all downhill after the first four words. “Out of touch” is the best possible description of most academics like PVO (Sinc, are you with me?). PVO thinks “diversity” equates to a palette of skin colours and varied head gear, but, in contrast, all opinions must by cookie-cutter PC. “Environmental modernity” is a term bound to take off in academia – the thought that bio-physical laws applying to nature since time immemorial are subject to current political trends is certainly one that someone with a PhD in political “science” can cleave to, but would a sane person do so, let alone someone actually conversant with the “hard” sciences? As for PVOs new friends, “big organisations”, their PR Departments which he cleaves to are just as vacous as PVO himself. He really ought to get out more.

  25. C.L.

    It is not enough to be personally annoyed with the ABC so let’s cut their funding …

    Yes it is. More than enough.
    What the hell are you talking about?

  26. karl

    So Paul Murray was correct then-PVO is advertising for a job with the ABC

  27. Michel Lasouris

    ABC Radio News this morning advises that Duncan Lewis , ASIO Chief told Senator Hanson that potential home grown terrorists will be the Australian born children of new Immigrants. As these parents are in no personal danger whatever, they will NEVER dob in their own children. No, what WE MUST do is to tell these ‘children’ that they WILL be watched closely, and ANY unreported approach to (or by) radical elements will result in their…AND their parents, AND other family members….being expelled from Australia. BUT, any intelligence they can provide that thwarts a terrorist attack will be rewarded. Stick AND carrot

  28. Crossie

    Thankfully government MPs and Senators have quickly attacked One Nation’s approach.

    Of course they did, cutting off their noses to spite their faces is what they do best. I will not be voting Liberal again until this intellectually and morally challenged rabble is out of contention.

  29. Crossie

    No, what WE MUST do is to tell these ‘children’ that they WILL be watched closely, and ANY unreported approach to (or by) radical elements will result in their…AND their parents, AND other family members….being expelled from Australia. BUT, any intelligence they can provide that thwarts a terrorist attack will be rewarded. Stick AND carrot

    They will not stop until they are collectively held accountable for what is happening in their families. Individualism is the West’s philosophy not theirs.

  30. Crossie

    My opinion of Hanson just went up considerably. I don’t care if she is a protest party, because if the only thing she does is help wake people up to just how bad the current crop of politicians and journalists are pissing in each other’s pockets, that’s still a job well done.

    Well said.

  31. Beliaik

    Stick AND carrot

    Absobloodylutely

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