Alternative Funding Arrangements

What happens to a “business” that mocks and conspires to destroy the livelihood of its customers?  In a normal world, such a “business” would go out of business very quickly.  In Australia, where such a “business” is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, they get more revenue.

Earlier today, while riding his two wheeled chariot home, your person (as in personkind) Spartacus was listening to an ABC podcast.  On this podcast, the irrepressible Fran Kelly was discussing the politics of the Batman bi-election.

It’s not clear whether Dear Fran is a reporter or an opinionator, but in her rant, Dear Fran was lamenting that, should the Adani coal proceed, Australia would be the world’s largest coal exporter.  To Dear Fran, this was clearly a bad thing.

This got Spartacus thinking.  In business, employees are incentivised to align their interests with shareholders.  Their remuneration is thus linked to things like revenue, profit and customer service.

The ABC seems to have no interest in profit or customer service, and its revenue seems to have no alignment to the performance of those who pay its fees and salaries.

Spartacus would thus propose that the ABC’s funding be linked directly to the amount of Australia’s mining exports.  Of note is that coal is the second largest component of this.

Thus when the ABC campaigns against mining, and specifically coal mining, when a given project does not proceed, then ABC’s funding is reduced.  If the rest of the citizenry don’t get the benefit of the taxes generated from mining, why should the ABC get the benefit of the taxes generated by the rest of the citizenry.

Would not that be delightful.  I would look forward to seeing Dear Fran’s face.

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41 Responses to Alternative Funding Arrangements

  1. Just privatise and let them sink or swim on their merits.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think all ABC offices should be relocated to the tops of wind turbines.
    That way they’re closer to Gaia.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Riding a bike, listening to an ABC podcast.

    You have troubling issues

  4. Roger

    Btw, the ABC routinely replays NPR programs on RN.

  5. stackja

    I don’t listen to ABC.

  6. Caveman

    You want to include electricity company’s, encouraging you to use less of their product and save, ha ha ha ABC are babes in the woods.

  7. egg_

    Merge it with SBS, that would get right up Fran’s nose.

  8. egg_

    Fran could be on the Food Channel, sampling authentic Himalayan Yak ball stew.

  9. Chris M

    Well only have the ABC operating while there is ‘renewable’ power available (sun, wind). You know it’s what they want.

    And make their funding via individual voluntary contribution Australians nominate on our income tax returns.

  10. OneWorldGovernment

    Just give it to a partnership of Al Jazeera and RT.

    After all, what difference at this point would it make.

  11. Habib

    Or we could just feed them into coal-fired furnaces. The high fat content would cause terrible flare-ups though.

  12. Peter Castieau

    Australian Conservatives policy around their ABC saves the taxpayer $1b a year.

    http://www.conservatives.org.au

  13. André M.

    Sparky wants a funding level proportional to the nation’s productivity? If you’re arguing for the ABC to receive a fixed percentage of tax revenue you’re arguing for the status quo. Boring!

    Is there any government corporation or department whose purpose is actually acceptable to Cats? Would you even be able to make a top ten of public service appendages worth saving?

    Are the souls of government workers indelibly marked with the stain of tax revenue or can they be rehabilitated into the real economy with a low chance of “re-offending” ?

  14. Is there any government corporation or department whose purpose is actually acceptable to Cats? Would you even be able to make a top ten of public service appendages worth saving?

    There are some valid contributions governments and various departments can make to the economy. The problem is the level of institutional capture by the Left Management that allows them to ignore Charters and guidelines. The bureaucratic model of Australian government also leads to high costs combined with operational inertia.

    But one thing the government should NOT be involved in is political propaganda, and this has long been the ABC’s most prominent role, always from the Far Left.

    Cf Rabz, sack them all.

  15. OneWorldGovernment

    André M.
    #2636416, posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Is there any government corporation or department whose purpose is actually acceptable to Cats? Would you even be able to make a top ten of public service appendages worth saving?

    Are the souls of government workers indelibly marked with the stain of tax revenue or can they be rehabilitated into the real economy with a low chance of “re-offending” ?

    I like trick questions.

    Is there any government corporation or department whose purpose is actually acceptable to Cats?

    Yes

    Would you even be able to make a top ten of public service appendages worth saving?

    No

    Are the souls of government workers indelibly marked with the stain of tax revenue

    Yes

    an they be rehabilitated into the real economy with a low chance of “re-offending” ?

    It would be interesting to watch.

    I have argued that the top third of every single government department and agency should be sacked.

    What do you argue for André M.?

  16. RobK

    I dont think there is any longer the need for the ABC. All its functions can be filled by other media now. Emergency warnings in regional areas come by sms .

  17. herodotus

    Too fancy a scheme. Just shut them down, fire them all, save a billion plus per annum to put towards infrastructure that helps exports – mineral or agricultural – that’s all we have left.

  18. Considering taxpayers are still paying off The Goose’s $600 billion debt, coal exports pay for a large percent of interest payments, their ABC is coal powered. Lucky for them or all you’d hear would be static.

  19. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    Neville
    #2636341, posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    *by-election
    Technically, you’re correct Neville.
    But you can’t be too careful .
    ‘Bi’ might be the appropriate description one day soon.

  20. sabena

    Better still relocate Fran to Townsville or Mt Isa.
    There is no difficulty technically in her broadcasting from there.

  21. Mother Lode

    In business, employees are incentivised to align their interests with shareholders.

    Well, that is because normally serving shareholders involves maximising portion of the market.

    The ABC does not need to maximise its market. It just caters to the a smaller one of like-minded individuals collectives.

    While we are notionally shareholders the government is our mandatory proxy and they are deadbeats when it comes to demanding anything from the ABC.

    And as for our control over our proxy? Well, we have the open secret refrain: We don’t matter.

  22. Mother Lode

    Better still relocate Fran to Townsville or Mt Isa.
    There is no difficulty technically in her broadcasting from there.

    We are talking ‘the ABC’. Technical mishaps are so legion that they can now use them as tactics to cut off what they don’t want to broadcast.

    Asking them to broadcast her from Townsville will yield no better results than from under freshly poured building foundations. I therefore recommend that we insist on this latter, cheaper option.

  23. Habib

    ABC harpy and tax parasite Emma Albersceeechy was on the lose your breakfast show, being furiously agreed with by Trollopini and the chap who’s light on his feet that company tax cuts are a terrible idea, after all those bludgers don’t pay any tax anyway! Once again the concept of irony is lost to the left, to pay tax, they have to make a profit, which is virtually impossible in this shithole because of socialist shitheads like the assembled brains trust and their imbecilic ideas, and revenue-destroying edifices such as the ABC. The one bit of expenditure by the ABC I would approve of would be for a few tankerloads of avtur for their helicopters, in order for multiple sorties be flown out to sea carrying staff for defenestration into the ocean, or inland to somewhere the rainbow serpent has recently taken up residence. Perhaps even low level runs over areas such as Brunswick, Newtown and West End where some beneficial collateral damage may result from accurate deployment.

  24. thefrolickingmole

    RABZ
    Mountain of skulls
    Lamentations of their catamites as they are driven before you
    Salt the earth

    You know it makes sense.

  25. old bloke

    It’s not clear whether Dear Fran is a reporter or an opinionator

    I think Fran self-identifies as an “Activist”.

  26. Kingsley

    A review needs to be done analysing what the ABC does that a private media organisation already does and what the ABC currently does that no private media organisation does, but would if not up against a 100% tax payer subsided competitor. Remove funding for all those functions and let’s see what’s left.

  27. Dr Fred Lenin

    The practical Dr Fred proposals for the alpbc and socialist broadcasting service is simp,e . Combine them and form a company ,call it Gangrene Broadcasting PL ,or something then float it on the ASX , using the shares of the present employees,which will be given in lieu of union “entitlements “as a basis . The friends of the alpbc and effnik tax subsidised groups can chip in
    Retired employees on Taxpayer funded pensions from employment there will be paid out in shares .,not money . The company will lease o]offices ,studios,vehicles and equipment from the Taxyer , then th

    will be free to propagandise all they want ,paid for bt soros ,gore ,the Clintons and obamas big bribe disguised as book money ,and the renewables carpetbaggers as sponsors . Sounds like a great business plan for Australia’s long suffering Taxpvayers .

  28. Terry

    ABC budget linked directly to the capacity of our “renewable” energy maximum output and capped at $1bil.

    Their actual taxpayer largesse to be in direct proportion to the amount of actual usable energy delivered to the grid.

    Eh. Too complicated. Just make the budget zero and be done with it.

    Just think of all the entrepreneurial opportunities for all of the immensely talented ex-ABC “employees” in a market sans the Left’s propaganda leviathan.

    Since they know all about company tax and who should pay what, they should be remarkably successful in business without the sheltered workshop.

  29. Rococo Liberal

    Earlier today, while riding his two wheeled chariot home, your person (as in personkind) Spartacus was listening to an ABC podcast.”
    Why would you bother listening to these wankers, Spartacus?
    We on the right should boycott the ABC. If we ignore the ABC, then it ceases to be of any importance.

  30. Roger

    If we ignore the ABC, then it ceases to be of any importance.

    While it continues to draw $1bn+ from the annual budget, the ABC remains a subject for our scrutiny.

  31. meher baba

    The Prime Minister seemed to have borrowed your argument in today’s Question Time. Well done you!

  32. H B Bear

    Kingsley (at 11.56) Yes – well over due. It is beyond the point where the ALPBC is doing damage to the FTA stations and they should be given a forum to unload on the staff co-op. The most mis-managed company in Australia, Fauxfacts, would politely decline to do so while it continues to broke.

    If only there was a major centre-right party that would adopt this as a policy to take to the next election.

  33. RAZOR

    Just out of the USA Trump proposes to stop funding the public broadcaster CPB ( corporation for public broadcast).

    CPB President Patricia Harrison was not happy, of course. “We will work with the new administration and Congress in raising awareness that elimination of federal funding to CPB begins the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of the essential national service,” she said.

    It’s not an essential national service; it’s an essential propaganda service for the left. If the left cares that much about this “essential service,” let them pay for it themselves instead of the taxpayers footing the bill for a steady stream of media bias.

  34. Dr Fred Lenin

    Close alpbc and socialist broadcasting service and use the money to build coal fired power stations in Qld,NSW,Vic,SA to enhance the grid and reduce cost dramatically , the carpetbaggers renewables get no subsidies and if they can’t compete make the carpetbaggers pay for their removal as eyesores . Make union officials and their family assets personally responsible for the huge losses their members superannuations have suffered through investing in the scam .

  35. cuckoo

    Accidentally caught a few minutes of The Checkout, their desperately unfunny ‘comedy’ consumer show. Apart from the main bit of eye-candy, every woman appearing on the show is morbidly obese.

  36. Rob MW

    Spartacus would thus propose that the ABC’s funding be linked directly to the amount of Australia’s mining exports.

    Bad idea Spartacus, very bad boy/girl/person Spartacus. Given that the mining companies have to pay royalties – they don’t own the minerals in the first instance – the ABC would just take/steal/grovel a portion of the Royalties for their funding with no skin off their nose, bit like when a big tits person falls over face down or alternatively, on an over exuberant unemployed reassignment in a Tutu that gets medicare to pay for bat-wings and a pair of genetically modified melons.

  37. Squirrel

    Loyal members of the ABC army know that COAL IS BAD, which is why it’s so entertaining that when the ABC bothers to give even fleeting coverage to minor details like balance of trade, current account, and the federal government bottom line, the relief is palpable when there’s good news on mineral prices – i.e. what a relief, we can all go back to living beyond our means on unearned income and obsessing about identity politics (and Donald Trump) in our inner-city enclaves.

  38. GoWest

    I think Fran is a “De-Activist”.

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