Privatise the ABC: Hysterical reaction edition

Chris Berg and I have a forthcoming book on why and how to privatise the ABC. Per-order here.

Chris and I have been getting some great publicity from some unusual sources. The Guardian, for example:

When the communications minister, Mitch Fifield, acknowledged at Senate estimates he was a member of the Institute of Public Affairs, many reacted with disbelief. The IPA’s agenda, after all, is the privatisation or breaking up of the ABC.

“Conservatives have often floated the prospect of privatising the ABC and Australia Post,” Fifield said. “There is merit in such proposals.”

As the minister responsible for the ABC, does he still support privatisation? “That’s not the position of me or the government,” Fifield told the committee.

Perhaps a new book from his friends at the IPA, researchers Sinclair Davidson and Chris Berg, will give the minister food for thought. Against Public Broadcasting: Why and How We Should Privatise the ABC, provides a road map for politicians who wish to dismantle the $1.1bn organisation.

A bit of fake news there – I don’t know that the book contains a roadmap to dismantling the ABC. But do I know? I’m just a co-author. Better let a journalist who hasn’t read the book provide an overview of content.

Then there is this petition by Change.org.

Australia’s PUBLIC BROADCASTER, the ABC is being targeted by the Operatives from the IPA (Institute of Public Affairs) who have been pushing for decades to have the ABC privatised.

Anyone familiar with the IPA 100 wish list or MANIFESTO knows No 50 reads: Break up the ABC and put out to TENDER each INDIVIDUAL FUNCTION

This Petition is to ENSURE that the ABC Management STOP  ALLOWING IPA people to appear as guests on any ABC format, TV or radio.

It’s like ‘having dinner with your abuser’.

We say enough!  | HOW DARE THEY ! 

On one hand they are WANTING TO SELL OFF AUNTY whilst on the other USING AUNTY TO SELL THEIR WARES.

SICKOS!

The IPA’s Sinclair Davidson & Chris Berg have written a book to be RELEASED in May 2018 titled

‘AGAINST PUBLIC BROADCASTING | Why WE SHOULD PRIVATISE THE ABC AND HOW TO DO IT’.

In the meantime Senator Fifield the current Communications Minister was grilled in Senate Estimates about a perceived CONFLICT OF INTEREST as he is a member of the IPA and the IPAs VENDETTA against the ABC.

On Monday night Senator Fifield was a guest on Q&A, next Monday night the Director of the IPA, John Roskam, will be an invited guest. 

**We demand that his ROSKAMs appearance be canceled PLUS all further appearances by all the other IPA Operatives be CURTAILED.

Just awesome. I notice though that they aren’t collecting signatures that people not be forced to pay for the ABC.

If you want a good belly laugh – go read the comments. In the meantime the poor luvvies have only managed to just get over half of the mere 1000 signatures they were hoping for – please feel free to sign the petition and leave your own comments.

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61 Responses to Privatise the ABC: Hysterical reaction edition

  1. RobK

    There should be more “Why and How” wonder books for adults.

  2. nemkat

    Why and How We Should Privatise the ABC, provides a road map for politicians who wish to dismantle the $1.1bn organisation.

    The annual funding is $1.1 Billion, but what is the ABC actually worth, besides as a propoaganda arm of Government?

  3. JC

    It would be wrong to privatize the ABC. In fact it would be a terrible idea. It should be closed down and every single one of those taxeating slobs fired remorselessly. You hose them down first, before they enter the firing room.

  4. Chris

    What tuggers. I signed and left a comment –

    The ABC have been captured by the staff culture and have spent thirty years looting taxpayers to propagandise their Green Left prejudices. Don’t privatise them – shut them down and fire them all.

  5. egg_

    On one hand they are WANTING TO SELL OFF AUNTY whilst on the other USING AUNTY TO SELL THEIR WARES.

    Why not?
    Aunty’s been whoring for the Green/Left for decades.

  6. egg_

    Did the Green/Left commenters comment on Aunty cannibalising Fairfax?
    Crickets?

  7. Confused Old Misfit

    Everything possible should be done to maximize the return on the colossal capital investment the country has made in the ABC. The real estate, the technical equipment, any intellectual property (intellect? in the ABC? In their dreams!) should go to the highest bidder.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    It is just POSSIBLE that these PEOPLE are getting QUITE EXCITED.

    Easiest answer is sell the whole thing to the staff for one dollar and let them work out what they want to do with it. Subscription model? Great: I will not be subscribing. Advertising model? Awesome, the can advertise yoghurt knitting and kale to their hearts content, I will not be watching. Sell it all and pocket the money? Fine by me.

    But my taxes will no longer be paying for these wretched ideologues.

  9. Roger.

    As the minister responsible for the ABC, does he still support privatisation? “That’s not the position of me or the government,” Fifield told the committee.

    A pity.

    What a disappointment Fifield’s turned out to be.

  10. I’d be okay with the ABC staying in government hands if it was converted into a 24-hour cricket channel.

  11. H B Bear

    Sinc is an operative? Who knew?

    The ALPBC has nothing to fear from Fifield, one of the most harmless of Lord Waffleworth’s talentless tame minions.

  12. Sydney Boy

    Who the fuck would buy it? Shut it down. Fire them all. Save $B.

  13. Confused Old Misfit

    What a disappointment Fifield’s turned out to be.

    Just like Frydenburg (Sp?)

    Who the fuck would buy it?

    Somewhere in all that capital investment there should be the material for a good content producing company. The technology should be there, the technicians should be there. With proper commercially minded management it could be a viable unit. Content being saleable globally.

  14. H B Bear

    What a disappointment Fifield’s turned out to be.

    He’s not Robinson Crusoe there. If you didn’t know what Peanut Head and his R-G-R dregs are going to be like there is no way you would say they could be worse.

    Lord Waffleworth diminishes everyone who surrounds him.

  15. Shy Ted

    I’ll pay $50 for a night with Frank Elly. $40 for two nights. Any advance on that?

  16. Mick

    “In the meantime Senator Fifield the current Communications Minister was grilled in Senate Estimates about a perceived CONFLICT OF INTEREST as he is a member of the IPA and the IPAs VENDETTA against the ABC.”

    Unless Fifield is being paid by the IPA, I’m not sure these people understand the conflict of interest concept. They seem to use these types of accusations in the hope their audience are too stupid to realise otherwise.

  17. Gary

    “They seem to use these types of accusations knowing their audience are too stupid to realise otherwise.”

    fixed

  18. Chris M

    I’m too stingy to buy the book, will the ABC serialise it on their Radio National book program (assuming they still have that)?

    Only the lefty boomers are outraged, few young people could care.

  19. 2dogs

    a perceived CONFLICT OF INTEREST as he is a member of the IPA and the IPAs VENDETTA against the ABC

    Having a vendetta is a factor in conflicts of interest now? Interesting.

  20. Splatacrobat

    helen caldicott
    2 days ago ago
    The IPA is closely allied to the Heritage foundation in the US which planned Reagan’s agenda!

    Helen is still suffering relevance deprivation syndrome.
    Still banging on about Reagan’s agenda after all these years?

    Ron’s been dead for 14 years and out of office for nearly 30 years FFS!!!! Is this washed up has been trying to say the IPA has tentacles into the White House? What a loon.

  21. Spring is coming

    What you will observe in the comments is the passion, commitment and venom in those who want to keep pumping $1,000,000,000 pa taxpayer funded into the left wing megaphone.

    Having been to two dinners parties in recent weeks and challenged the left wing shyte being dished out, the response in truley to behold. All of the labels come out. They don’t challenge the facts, it’s just labels and abuse and escalates all the way to the UN within minutes. When you then challenge their belief in the UN as others have noted, their heads pop.

    Until Conservatives can respond not just with facts but with similar passion, commitment and venom nothing will change.

  22. Muddy

    I’ve written here numerous times in the recent past that it is the enablers that/who need to be neutralised prior to attempting to do anything, anything at all, to the ABC. If you leave the body intact to defend the head, you will have a far tougher challenge than you would have had if the body were diminished in capacity.

  23. Percy Porcelain

    Shut.It.Down.
    Fire.Them.All.
    Mound.Of.Skulls.
    Salt.The.Earth.

  24. RobK

    … than you would have had if the body were diminished in capacity.
    You mean defund the EDO, wwf, and many dozens of environmental and left wing influencers?
    What a good idea.

  25. Entropy

    Better to treat them with derision, like they are too stupid to think things through.

    I did it this evening at a dinner party in the northern rivers of NSW. Everyone moaning about how Lismore is dying and no industry is willing to move there.
    I just said “ well there was coal seam gas. Exploration, borers, well contractors, pipe layers, msunentancr, land access assessors, engineers, etc etc. that could have created employment for hundreds, if not thousands of people in very well paid jobs for decades. Feel good politics has consequences doesn’t it?””

    There were a lot of open mouths, flapping like fish gills. I was not challenged, it was like a large turd was laid in front of them.

  26. Leo G

    If you want a good belly laugh – go read the comments.

    The petitioners say they want an ABC to be:-

    Non-commercial and beholden only to “the people”;
    Public and owe nothing to anyone (non-refundable?);
    A truly independent national broadcaster;
    The last bastion for freedom of speech;
    Uninfluenced by any group outside the ABC;
    Opposed to all nontransparent insidious forces (doomlords?) against democracy and civilisation in Australia; and of course
    Unafraid of being called biased.

    I think that means they want the ABC to be fully funded by its employees and broadcasting only to them. All employees to be clones of a specially bred progressivist sub-species.

  27. Oh come on

    Congrats, Sinc – money can’t buy this kind of publicity! After the dust settles, rub it in and release a scholarly paper analysing how many additional copies of the book you sold thanks to these leftist reactions.

  28. struth

    I think I love you, Entropy.

  29. terry

    mine- sell the abc and sell the staff into slavery.

  30. Muddy

    RobK
    #2691589, posted on April 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    … than you would have had if the body were diminished in capacity.
    You mean defund the EDO, wwf, and many dozens of environmental and left wing influencers?
    What a good idea.

    No. That’s impractical. Nothing can be done about the non-rational. The prime targets are what I would label as the ‘mainstream’ supporters who really have no barrow to push. Find a way (multiple strategies on various levels will be required; it will take time) to create a distance between them and the Behemoth. Create doubt, distrust, the feeling that people have been lied to, and are being made fun of. The ABC is presently very successful (notwithstanding true conservatives, whose numbers and influence are insignificant) at creating the feeling of ‘Us’ in their mainstream audience. We need that to be questioned, to become ‘them and us.’ It’s about human psychology and propaganda, the latter which is not a dirty word. It is a very important tool that our enemies use against us, and which, for the most part, we frown at.
    We got to this point from somewhere else, it didn’t start that way. So what has been done, can be undone in a sense, or perhaps ‘redone.’
    It requires strategic thinking.

  31. struth

    So when a right wing organisation has a right wing policy that is the same as a right wing politician’s view, that is a conflictvof interest?

    You’ve got to hand it to the left, the insanity they come up with to justify their tribalism is proof argument is pointless.

  32. duncanm

    I did it this evening at a dinner party in the northern rivers of NSW.

    excellent Entropy.

    Must have been a seriously dull party – or you were thrown out – to be back home at 9:30pm

  33. Rohan

    nemkat
    #2691415, posted on April 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    Why and How We Should Privatise the ABC, provides a road map for politicians who wish to dismantle the $1.1bn organisation.

    The annual funding is $1.1 Billion, but what is the ABC actually worth, besides as a propoaganda arm of Government?

    I made a genuine offer of $0.20 on Sincs “sell the ABC” book launch thread. To my knowledge, no one has knocked me back, or put in an offer of higher value. So I assume I’m a front runner in the bidding for ownership when it’s privatised. The offer is highly optimistic of the ABCs net value as an ongoing concern.

  34. Damienski

    Where the heck is Rabz when you need her/him?

  35. Entropy

    Duncann, I went with my old man, who is seriously depressed as my mum recently passed away. 9:30 is late for him.

  36. Up The Workers!

    ” In the meantime the poor luvvies have only managed to just get over half of the mere 1000 signatures they were hoping for …”

    Presumably that is because Senator Kimberley Kitching is busily fraudulently signing for all the low-browed Union/Get Up knuckleheads too dumb to write.

  37. John Constantine

    Make their abc orcs demand to be freed from government control.

    Mandatory drug testing for all abc orcs, lick the drug test sticks every morning before entering the billion dollar bully pulpit.

    If truckies and miners have to be clean and sober to pay the taxes that their abc demand to wallow in, then the abc should be just as clean and sober.

    Their abc claim that the word ‘mafia’ is never used, as it isn’t fair on abc grrrrlsys that have to work overnight in lonely abc studios to annoy organised crime.

    Calling fat mandy Vanstone a mafia godfather may well be the last time ‘mafia’ was pronounced from the lips of many abc presenters.

    Their abc claims their offices are disease clusters, lay out the mental illness so prolific in their abc as caused by the threats from tories.

    Make it blunt, no wallowing in drugs supplied by organised crime and wallowing in money supplied by the taxpayers, it is one or the other.

    Comrades.

  38. Goanna

    I knew it Sinc.

    You’re a subversive operative.

  39. squawkbox

    mine- sell the abc and sell the staff into slavery.

    oh don’t be ridiculous, no one could possibly use an ABC staffer for anything other than a speed bump or emergency food supply. Much better to leave them wailing outside Ultimo with “will lie for food” signs.

  40. Nerblnob

    Non-commercial and beholden only to “the people”;

    They despise “the people.”

    Non-commercial – that goes without saying.
    There is very little commercial value there.

  41. Up The Workers!

    Don’t sell it; gift it – lock, stock and lying Leftard staff, to Fauxfacts.

    Fauxfacts could do with a challenge, and challenges don’t come much bigger than having the Billion-dollars-a year sheltered workshop of Labor luvvies at the A.L.P.B.C. hung around your scrawny, penurious neck.

    S.&G./Quindels and Wayne Swan could handle the finances and Yassmin abdel-Magied and Zakky Mallah could look after ratings, P.R. and driving the regular Q.&.A. audience shuttle-bus in from Lakemba on its regular route.

  42. duncanm

    Entropy – sorry to hear.

    You’re a good son.. keep plugging at it!

  43. Baldrick

    Rabz said it best, in only six words.

  44. the $1.1bn organisation.

    Privatization is downstream of the solution.

    The solution is to reduce the expenditure on the ABC to $1 per annum.

    Then leave the market to sort out the best way to burn and salt.

  45. tgs

    Eh that petition appears to have been started by a mentally unstable woman. She’s started a new anti-IPA petition every other day for some time.

    Hopefully she gets the mental health services she clearly needs – anyone who gets that upset by the views of a rhink tank needs help.

  46. destroyer D69

    ABC news has 18 broadcasts per day.. (from a quick perusal of the programme guide .Could be more…) Each one starts using broadcast time about 3 minutes before the stated News time… then we get about two more minutes of promo and teasers of the coming bulletin, including a preview of the weather ,which concludes all newscasts. By the time the actual news starts the radio news is usually “done and dusted”. Thats 90 minutes of waffle per day///// That make 22 DAYS per year of time that WE pay for that could be put to a better use. Now, about what that is costing????????

  47. herodotus

    Is an operative higher up the scale than an activist?

  48. herodotus

    A rhink tank

    It’s at least a rhinky-dhink tank. Think Tanks are so last century.

  49. Louis Hissink

    Given people seem not to have changed all that much of the time, be it centuries or even millennia, ignoring obvious changes in dressing and habitating, I would describe the present ideas expressed in the petition as “fake” and a sincerely fakeness as well. Which leads to who curates the written record, apart from the political winners?

    Which makes one wonder how many “fake facts” exists in the extant documented historical written record.

    Lefties seem predisposed to believing the unbelievable, and documenting it as such. Example? Keith Windschuttle’s trilogy on the fabrication of aboriginal history for starters.

    So assume all official history as fake, and if it comes attached to some or other theological anchor, assume that its pure specious BS

  50. Dr Fred Lenin

    Bruce ,We at the Dr Fred Institute have suggested the alpbc be floated on the ASX ,the entitlements of all staff and existing pensions be paid out in shares in the new company the company can then lease premises and equipment from the taxpayers at market rates ,
    I am sure their mates at the gangrenes nd u.n.communust gang will rush to buy shares in their company .
    (They would of course have to steal the money to invest as they would never invest the money they stole for themselves ).

  51. John Michelmore

    I think maybe there will be significant “worker” stress claims at the ABC as a result of this book!

  52. Craig Mc

    You hose them down first, before they enter the firing room.

    With napalm.

  53. Wil

    They have already gone commercial with the promotion of some singer called Casy Chambers who gets a promo adnausium before the news and other breaks. Been going on for weeks.
    At commercial rates this would be costing her a fortune.
    Why?

  54. Mr Excitement

    Ellie Large is reporting that the IPA ‘TROLLS’ have been sent out ‘en force’.
    There’s 5 or 6 negative comments from 600 signatures.

  55. Interested observer

    I did consider signing the petition purely for the pleasure of adding my own descriptive comment but decided…Nah.

  56. Zatara

    This Petition is to ENSURE that the ABC Management STOP ALLOWING IPA people to appear as guests on any ABC format, TV or radio.

    It’s like ‘having dinner with your abuser’.

    Yet another moron who thinks ABC’s role is to unfairly compete with non-tax funded, citizen owned entities.

    IPA people PAY for the ABC you elitist turd. Who the hell are you to decide which tax payers get represented by the ABC much less are allowed to be seen on it?

  57. Squirrel

    In the unlikely event that Change.org supporters thought about this beyond the slogans, they would realise that the ABC – particularly the TV operations – are, to a considerable extent, just an Australian sales and marketing arm of the BBC and ITV. As such, the ABC is essentially an instrument of British cultural imperialism, and it is more than a little bit shocking that self-respecting Australian republicans would be joining the call to arms to defend it – there’s plenty of other areas of big government to spend that money on, after all……

  58. toorightmate

    The ABC is a propaganda arm for the Gangrenous Greens – nothing more, nothing less.
    If you think the ABC is not that stupid then you are wrong.

  59. Rococo Liberal

    It would be wrong to privatize the ABC. In fact it would be a terrible idea. It should be closed down and every single one of those taxeating slobs fired remorselessly. You hose them down first, before they enter the firing room.

    That

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