Checks are needed to bring the ABC’s facts division to heel

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Well, that will teach senator ­Fraser Anning a lesson. And it should be a warning to us all. If you thought the ABC’s Fact Check was about checking facts, think again.


About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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17 Responses to Checks are needed to bring the ABC’s facts division to heel

  1. Very informative, for those that subscribe to the Oz.

  2. Entropy

    Lucky work has a copy. The thing is, either the ABC never thought it would be pulled up on its duplicity; or it wasn’t duplicitous, as it didn’t understand the stats it was looking at, it was all the feelz.

  3. Crossie

    Checks are needed to bring the ABC’s facts division to heel

    Better still all cheques need to be withheld from the ABC.

  4. Petros

    We can only dream Crossie. Must be a nightmare trying to deal with the feral senate, not that Turnbull would seriously slash the ABC budget.

  5. littledozer

    On the straight news on Melb 774 “the IG report found “Comey cited as insubordinate in relation to the reopening of the Clinton email investigation”……

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    In old Soviet union this Peoples would be sent to very cold place for very long time .

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    To cut trees is need wood to keep warm and make mushroom soups is nice with stale bread every day and sell wood to capitalist Japanese . Is nice in Kolyma this time of year with plenty biting midges

  8. Tim Neilson

    To update Mark Twain:

    Lies, damn lies, and ABC fact checking.

  9. iain russell

    What sentient adult would think that the ABC ‘Fact Check’ propaganda unit was about ‘fact checking’?

  10. Habib

    It’s about paying a six-figure sling to Trollopini’s handbag.

  11. Habib

    Who puts the fat into fatuous.

  12. John Constantine

    Their Orwellian Fact Check arm of their Orwellian Department of Truth is simply a State funded cell of revolutionary freedom fighters, out to harass and snipe at any of their enemies that they can Gotcha for a showtrial.


  13. Stev

    Typical fools. Rail against what someone told you to hate while having no idea what you do want.

    The ABC is subjected to more scrutiny than the entirety of commercial media. Who do you think drives this constant campaign against the ABC?

    It’s a case of careful what you wish for.

  14. Blair

    “Rail against what someone told you to hate while having no idea what you do want. ”
    Grammar lessons?

  15. John Constantine

    I hate their abc because they deliberately destroyed the profitability of the entire Australian red meat industry for years with their insane and hysterical campaign to shut down the northern cattle industry overnight.

    I hate their abc because they deliberately destroyed the value of ‘ Australian wheat’ as a brand and reduced it to being sold as a commodity.

    I hate their abc because they profit from the destruction of the Australian economy and will never stop wrecking while they are being so well paid to do so.

    Deduct the cost of the damage their abc do to the economy from their next round of funding, and see how much careless wrecking they do when it has consequence.

    We see though that shorten has promised their abc a huge bribe on a no win no fee basis to get him elected, so away we go again.


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