Fools

Reported in the AFR:

The Sydney Morning Herald earlier this morning said today’s budget will provide “another three years of funding for the for the national broadcaster’s enhanced news-gathering program”, Fergus Hunter reports.

It is good news for the national broadcaster, which has weathered funding cuts since 2014 and has been embroiled in controversy of late due to the firing of managing director Michelle Guthrie.

The budget will renew $44 million of funding over the next three years.

It may be good news for the national broadcaster, but is not good news for Australia or Australians.

And for heavens sake.  For the millionth time.  The lack of a funding increase is not a cut.

Just waiting for the next ACTU line that the lack of pay rises is really a pay cut!

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24 Responses to Fools

  1. Mak Siccar

    P1ssweak, invertebrate politicians who don’t want to get Aunty offside. A pox on the lot of them.

  2. BoyfromTottenham

    Not all is lost, Takfas. The NSW government has just abolished their Office of Environment and Heritage!

  3. Mindfree

    Yup, Stupid.F#&cking.Liberals do it again and of course will be again treated with contempt by the Australian Bolshevik Collective (thanks a million fellas)

    What was that Lenin said – The Capitalists (read SFL) will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.

    Jeebus didn’t they learn anything from Abbot’s futile attempt to suck up and Turnbulls tongue bathing does nothing but lead to oblivion

  4. Anita

    What a useless lot, this Government.

  5. Mother Lode

    Swanee told us that a reduction in tax rebates was a saving.

    And he won an award from the notoriously frugal Europeans.

  6. stackja

    Words like violence
    Break the silence
    Come crashing in
    Into my little world
    Painful to me
    Pierce right through me

    Words are meaningless
    And forgettable

    ..

    Words are very unnecessary
    They can only do harm

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    If ScoMo moved the ABC to Caracas they could do ever so much more with the money.
    Also the staff would feel right at home amongst political friends.
    Maybe with a bureau in Pyongyang to give them variety.

  8. billie

    If you all shut down the ABC completely, then I’m left with Google News or offshore news as my only resource

    everyone wants you to have a subscription, well I’m not THAT into news, so no subscription

    am I missing out?

    not much

  9. Louis

    The very fact that a sitting government have decided that it’s safer to try and appease the ABC with extra funding before an election shows the threat it poses to Australian democracy.

    This is a taxpayer funded network that decided to collude with the State broadcaster of a foreign State in order to find dirt on, and reduce the election chances of, a minor party.

  10. Beachcomber

    WTF is the “enhanced news-gathering program“?

    Does this mean the ABC won’t need to use Mozlem State TV to do a hatchet job on political enemies?

  11. Megan

    Just waiting for the next ACTU line that the lack of pay rises is really a pay cut

    I cannot find a reference but I’m pretty sure I’ve already heard them ride this horse into the arena.

  12. Robber Baron

    I tell everyone I know that I don’t watch or listen to the ABC because it is just a government mouth piece.

    I point out it is funded by the government and therefore must be totally biased towards the government. This gets a few strange looks but usually gets them thinking that it is not left wing enough.

    ScoMo should announce that it will double ABC funding if the coalition is re-elected. I’d be interested if there was a change in the negative reporting against the coalition.

  13. Bazinga

    ScoMo should have policy to defund the ABC 50%, then the (swinging) viewers can really see how unhinged it is as the inevitable news will revolve around poor them.

  14. Behind Enemy Lines

    Louis
    #2977742, posted on April 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    The very fact that a sitting government have decided that it’s safer to try and appease the ABC with extra funding before an election shows the threat it poses to Australian democracy.

    This is a taxpayer funded network that decided to collude with the State broadcaster of a foreign State in order to find dirt on, and reduce the election chances of, a minor party.

    This is the kind of thing that Royal Commissions are for.

    These gutless saps will never do it, though.

    Events like this make me even more cynical about who really runs the country.

    Not the government.

    Not you or me.

    Who, then?

    Where do we send the bill?

  15. …In his statement to Parliament Scott Morrison condemned past leaders for their failure to support public broadcasting.
    “We find it offensive that Winston Churchill did not fund Goebbels and his Nazi propaganda, that Menzies would not pay for Tokyo Rose and that Reagan refused to fund Pravda. We apologise for the sins of these evil right wingers and commit to increased funding by way of apology to this august and balanced institution of completely total fairyness and ekwalidee.”

    Lifelong ABC employee and chief news writer Magda Staliniski called Scott Morrison “a total c*nt” who should be “shot in the back of the head” before wiping her arse on a picture of Tony Abbott. The former Prime Minister was quick to apologise to Ms Staliniski for his image not being absorbent enough and promised to restore funding of silk toilet paper for all ABC toilet cubicles as well as individual personal wipers in each unisex bathroom.

  16. Squirrel

    Perhaps the federal government after next will be run by people who are willing and able to make the case for moving on from the idea that the ABC needs (to pretend) to be all things to all people and, rather than shutting it down, or flogging it off, or giving it to the workers’ collective (none of which any likely future Senate will agree to) have it as a somewhat smaller news/current affairs outfit, with a bit of local drama, comedy, children’s programs – and that’s it.

    We don’t need a taxpayer funded broadcaster as an Australian outlet for BBC, ITV and the North American outfits which supply the ABC Comedy Channel.

    Local content for children, drama, comedy etc. could be commissioned by a separate (from the ABC) body, which would hold the funding, and award it, on a competitive basis, to free-to-air commercial channels, ABC or SBS.

    International news would involve more buy-in from international sources, with fewer ABC types dotted around the globe – we don’t really need to pay for ABC staff in Washington to tell us what they think is wrong with Trump, or in London to tell us why Brexit supporters are deplorables. Some resources could be redeployed to the Asia/Pacific, but in all cases, the focus would be on relevance to Australia – not just pushing the standard progressive/globalist world view on issues of marginal, at best, interest to Australia.

  17. Whalehunt Fun

    So the fact that Innisfail only had the same massive rainfall as last year, but not more, means the soggy place is in drought. Socialists rival kangaroos for stupidity.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    The gangrene communists at the alpbc are like bullies pinching the polliefools lunch money . Weak as desalinated water .

  19. Rayvic

    “It may be good news for the national broadcaster, but is not good news for Australia or Australians”.

    It certainly is not good news for Australia or Australians, given that the ABC has declined to the extent that it is Green-Left biased, that it has lost any semblance of balance and impartiality, that it produces fake news in copious quantity, that there is no longer any justification for government funding thanks to the availability of numerous alternative news, current affairs and entertainment providers on the broadcast media, internet and smartphones.

    As there is little point in forcing the ABC to change its ways, the only proper course of action is to close it down.
    ScoMo’s sympathy for the ABC is definitely misplaced.

  20. egg_

    Can we get Dr Dick Di Nutella to run their payroll?

  21. wal1957

    Good call Egg.
    Bill Shortone will sign off on that. Just as he did for the mushroom workers at Chiquita farms.

  22. John A

    What do we want? MBO!

    When do we want it? Last year!

  23. Cynic of Ayr

    I note the ad that the ABC will “lose the respect of the people” if there is Government interference.
    Coupla things…
    1. I lost respect for the ABC because the freakin government didn’t interfere!
    2. How – just how – can an institution such as the ABC, be fully funded by the Government and not be controlled or overseen by the Government Minister?
    Oversight, supervision and correction as lawfully required, is NOT interference.
    It’s ridiculous!
    What’s said is that the ABC should do anything they want, whenever they want, without limit!
    There is no return here. It’s not a business investment. It’s just a copy of a media business, that doesn’t have to be run as a business. All the ABC has to do is spend every cent that is given to them.

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