Shut them down, fire them all

It’s the talk of the Canberra press gallery: an alleged cranky phone between a staffer in Scott Morrison’s office and ABC news and current affairs supremo Gaven Morris on March 19. The alleged subject? Dr Norman Swan.

But Morris is adamant that no hostility has been expressed by “any government source” to him “at any level” about the ABC’s COVID-19 coverage.

It has been claimed that the government was worried about inconsistency in the messaging of Swan, the face of the ABC’s coronavirus coverage, and that of Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy.

Whispers around Canberra suggest the PM’s office was concerned that Swan’s messaging was at odds with Murphy’s in some instances, particularly in the early escalation of the crisis.

Source.

Scott Morrison has always struck me as being made of sterner stuff than most politicians. If ordinary Australians are being asked to make extraordinary and, quite frankly, astonishing sacrifices can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

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46 Responses to Shut them down, fire them all

  1. sfw

    Surely all non essential public servants have been stood down without pay by now? It’s happened to many thousands of private business employees everywhere. If not why not? No working from home just stand them down. Why should gov employees be exempt from the pain their masters are inflicting on the nation?

  2. EvilElvis

    If ordinary Australians are being asked to make extraordinary and, quite frankly, astonishing sacrifices can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

    No. No we can’t.

  3. calli

    can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

    Too Easy.

  4. rickw

    No. No we can’t.

    The funding of the ABC is particularly disgusting at a time like this. Four let go this week, everyone else on half hours, all decent hard working people. And the pigs at the ABC? Did they even look up from their trough for a second? Fuck them all!

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The funding of the ABC is particularly disgusting at a time like this. Four let go this week, everyone else on half hours, all decent hard working people. And the pigs at the ABC? Did they even look up from their trough for a second? Fuck them all!

    Well said.

  6. Boambee John

    Allow them to continue TV News 24, News Radio and ABC4Kids. That should give adequate coverage of the King Flu, and give house bound families some comfort.

    Defund the rest to help pay the costs of the panic which Their ABC has helped to foment.

  7. candy

    If ordinary Australians are being asked to make extraordinary and, quite frankly, astonishing sacrifices can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

    You could say the same about politicians, high up public servants, CEOs of major corporations, local councillors,Fair Work commissioners, Racial Discrimination commissioners, university professors and lecturers etc – are any making a sacrifice?

  8. Howard Hill

    Burn the joint to the ground. We’ve already got wall to wall bat death porn on free to air. We don’t need anymore scaremongering, it’s just upsetting the slaves too much.

  9. Tel

    Quality propaganda is more important now than ever.

    If this takeover doesn’t happen smoothly, the whole project might be in jeopardy. We need to ABC to stay the distance … don’t cut and run … we are all in this together!

  10. Nighthawk the Elder

    The ABC likes to portray itself as the “Official Emergency Broadcaster” conveniently ignoring the fact that so does every commercial broadcaster. It’s part of their justification to be retained on the taxpayer teat. Now in these extraordinary times, where they should be fulfilling their claimed role as Official Emergency Broadcaster, they have instead become the Official Broadcaster of Dissent. And still funded by taxpayers.

    In answer to your question Sinc, no we can’t afford to keep them on a business as usual basis. All these streams of financial packages will need to be paid for down the track. Milking the taxpayer with yet another round of levies and special charges will not be enough. No government department or agency should be left untouched in terms of having to sacrifice largess to pay for all this.

    The ABC no longer provide any community service of value. Flog it off, give it away or shut it down. At a minimum we’ll save the $1.2 billion per annum operating cost and maybe make a little bit on the property sales and salvage value of the broadcast hardware.

  11. Robber Baron

    What percentage of politician’s and bureaucrat’s salaries should be cut to show leadership and solidarity with the rest of Australia?

  12. Crossie

    can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

    No, we can’t but that is one lot of taxhoovers all of Canberra will protect with their lives. I think even the non-ABC journos will protect them simply because they all aspire to be employed there.

    I have to demonstrate that I can do my job from home to be able to keep it yet these lotus-eaters have never had to demonstrate their competence and even demand more funding.

    I’m afraid so many workplaces will realise they can do without most of their workers therefore we are never getting back to status quo ante.

  13. Hay Stockard

    Oh Sinclair, my dear doom lord. You picked Malcolm Turnbull as a winner as well.
    Slomo’s dad was made of stern stuff. Slomo is just another weather vane. The type with a cock on top. A soft pillow that accomodates itself to the last head that was on it. He may walk like a duck but he is fact a goose.

  14. Crossie

    Now in these extraordinary times, where they should be fulfilling their claimed role as Official Emergency Broadcaster, they have instead become the Official Broadcaster of Dissent. And still funded by taxpayers.

    They are simply repeating what they did during the fires and why would they stop? Their funding was untouched and they weren’t even asked to explain. Ita should have been called to Canberra and read the riot act.

  15. Hay Stockard

    Oh yeah. Privatise the ABC. Knew I’d forgotten something.

  16. Archivist

    Somewhat related: if Australian businesses are being put into ‘hibernation’, the government needs to order a freeze on all foreign takeovers.

    Foreign purchases during an economic shutdown are predatory.

  17. John A

    …can we really afford to keep the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a business as usual basis?

    To quote Sir Humphrey Appleby:
    “‘No’ is one of the shorter words in the English language. I doubt if even the Prime Minister will have any difficulty in understanding it!”

  18. Procrustes

    Come on, just what is happening here?

    The ABC should be shut down because it should be shut down – Sinc and Chris Berg have a very good book on how to do it.

    But this destruction of dissent is too much. While it is a good idea to trust the expertise of the Government’s scientific advisers, they should not be beyond criticism. It is clear that governments across the world are taking different approaches (eg Sweden) based on the best advice of their advisers. They can’t all be right.

  19. John64

    If SloMo really wanted to give the citizenry a glimmer of hope in these dark times; the sight of Snowcone, Frank Elly, Leigh Sales, Andrew Pwobyn, Ol’ Leathery (still on the taxpayers teat), Emma Alberscreechy and others of their ilk standing in Centrelink queues would lift the spirits of millions.

  20. Archivist

    Honestly Norman Swan has been doing a pretty good job, I’ve thought. Yes, he has had different views to the chief medical officer, but overall he’s been the most informed and up-to-date Australian commentator.

    Also, he’s not completely in lockstep with his colleagues. Unlike the rest of the ABC, Swan doesn’t believe the data from China. He flatly told Leigh Sales that on air, when she suggested to him that the evidence from Wuhan might offer some cause for optimism. But despite Swan’s warnings, ABC news merrily treats ‘reported cases’ as ‘cases’ (from China and everywhere else) in news stories.

  21. Crossie

    Archivist
    #3383412, posted on March 29, 2020 at 9:39 pm
    Somewhat related: if Australian businesses are being put into ‘hibernation’, the government needs to order a freeze on all foreign takeovers.

    Foreign purchases during an economic shutdown are predatory.

    This is something Albanese could get his teeth into, protect the economy and improve his standing with the electorate. Knowing Labor’s relationship with the Communist Chinese there is Buckley’s and none that he will do anything of the sort.

    What’s more, all the companies that stripped Australia of medical supplies and sent them to China should be kicked out immediately.

  22. Professor Fred Lenin

    This is a golden opportunity to get rid of this gangrene globalist infested weepin sore ,cut them down to news without comment and kids shows for the incarcerated kids ,and when the Wuhan Chinese Bat Scourge abates do not restore funding ,that’ll larn the buggers .

  23. C.L.

    The funding of the ABC is particularly disgusting at a time like this. Four let go this week, everyone else on half hours, all decent hard working people. And the pigs at the ABC? Did they even look up from their trough for a second? Fuck them all!

    This.

  24. Art Vandelay

    Scott Morrison has always struck me as being made of sterner stuff than most politicians.

    Why does he keep giving the ABC a larger pile of Australian taxpayers’ money each and every year?

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Shut it down, fire them all, and use the office space to quarantine returning travelers.

  26. Some History

    A recent tweet from Emma Albo (a supposed “economics” correspondent)

    People around the world are dying alone Stop talking about the economy. We live in a community not an economy. Go knock on your neighbour’s door & ask if they need help Look after eachother And learn a lesson from Italy
    Choose love over hate
    Stay inside. Only go out if you must

    https://twitter.com/albericie/status/1242607381214670848

    Wonder if Emm’s sacrificed any of her considerable salary?

  27. Some History

    Wow! Emm had an encounter with the [unimportant] economy. We are hopeful that somewhere in that messed up mind Emm has a faint suspicion that without food she’ll starve to death.

    My local supermarket was cheek to jowl tonight as I raced in … There were actually too many people in there to exercise appropriate physical distancing. At Italian supermarkets, police are restricting entry to ten or so at a time.

    https://twitter.com/albericie/status/1243090185132204034

  28. WDYSIA

    J.C. Campbell calling out that clown Stuart Robert on Insiders this morning was probably the only worthwhile viewing on the ABC in its entire existence. But one doesn’t need several billion dollars of taxpayers’ money for someone to tell the Australian public what they already know. I agree with Rick. That the government continues to fund the ABC in the present climate is obscene.

  29. mundi

    ABC are massively being under rated here on the Cat.

    ABC literally are driving policy at the moment and very few people seem to realise.

    Just trace the calls for the 80% UK payment in AUS, the “freeze” on rents/mortgagtes.

    All of these just trace back to leftists on the ABC completely making crap up, and acting as if the people are demanding it.

    The news cycle has been never ending push by the ABC to try and get the government to “Freeze” the economy and pay people 80%. There is literally no one in actual public calling for this.

  30. B.A.Lert

    Swan is the new Tim F. The ABC anointing another supposed expert used to oppose a conservative government.

  31. Art Vandelay

    ABC are massively being under rated here on the Cat.

    ABC literally are driving policy at the moment and very few people seem to realise.

    Just trace the calls for the 80% UK payment in AUS, the “freeze” on rents/mortgagtes.

    All of these just trace back to leftists on the ABC completely making crap up, and acting as if the people are demanding it.

    Spot on, Mundi. And Scott “Sterner Stuff” Morrison and the rest of the cowards in the Liberal Party cave and give in to the ABC/twitter mob in the blink of an eye.

    It works every single time.

  32. jupes

    Scott Morrison has always struck me as being made of sterner stuff than most politicians.

    Yeah sure. That’s why he put his most competent minister – Whatsisname – as the communications minister to keep the ABC in line.

    Since the election the ABC has gone completely rogue and SloMo and Whatsisname have done sweet fuck all.

  33. egg_

    We’ve already got wall to wall bat death porn on free to air.

    Their ABC 24-hour Bat Channel is redundant in this day and age.
    “Same Bat time, same Bat channel!”

  34. egg_

    Their ABC should be socially distanced from the Australian public.

  35. Ubique

    Their ABC should be socially distanced from the Australian public.

    It has been so for at least the past half century.

  36. nfw

    With what we have available today the ABC is an anachronism. Shut it down in the first instance and sell it. It is not “an essential service”. The best thing at the moment is its biased audience shows are cancelled for the duration. Excellent.

  37. Angus Black

    I really can’t see what’s wrong with a government member/official/advisor telling a journo that they’re behaving like a total plonker.

    Why would journos be a protected species?

    They’d be wasting their time, of course, the ABC are blind and deaf to rationality and analysis.

  38. H B Bear

    Never waste a crisis.

  39. Rob MW

    In years gone by the best and most factual program on the ABC was their test pattern, the colour version was only slightly better than the black & white one.

    Nowadays they interrupt this factual program with a shit load of shrieking women and nutless men and everything in between.

    Bring back the test pattern !! (it’s cost effective & informative)

  40. W Hogg

    They want MORE money, presumably as second guessing and pissing on everything the govt does on CMO advice consumes additional resources beyond those already “invested” on pushing climate hoaxes and ChiCom propaganda.

  41. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The ALPBC should not exist and it serves no useful purpose whatsoever.

    Just shut it down and be done with it.

  42. Archivist

    ABC literally are driving policy at the moment and very few people seem to realise.

    This does seem to be the case.
    You get a sense that they know they’re being listened to, and that their suggestions and exhortations will be taken up.

  43. Archivist

    The ABC literally are driving policy at the moment

    The reason is that when Australian politicians and advisors want to get “up to speed” on things, they use the ABC as their key information source.

    The journalists know this.

  44. areff

    Here’s an idea: Canberra is overdrawn at the bank, increasingly so as the CCP virus sows havoc and emergency spending. At the same time, AAP has just anounced it is going out of business in July. So how does this sound:

    “Men and women of Australia, mired as we are in viral red ink, economies have to be made while inflicting as little further harm on the debt-riddled working Australians whose domestic budgets we have just made a whole lot worse. Therefore, as a first step to balance the books, we will be shutting The ABC news division and contracting with AAP to provide news coverage from across Australia.

    AAP has more bureaus and stringers than the ABC and a hundred-year-plus history of unbiased, straight-bat, fact-based reporting. We believe this move will save in the order of $400 million per year.

    Laid off ABC News employees need not fear. Retraining programmes will be instituted, with the cost of brooms and dustpans drawn on the general services budget. This is the appropriate vocation for those who care so much about the environment and have spread so much bullshit from Sydney to Subiaco. Now they can clean it up.

    Not only will we have a cheaper, better news service, we’ll also have cleaner streets.

    A special unit will be established, to be led by Benjamin Law and his boyfriend, Scott, devoted to wipimg down the walls in east coast bath houses ….”

  45. Boambee John

    Professor Fred Lenin
    #3383481, posted on March 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm
    This is a golden opportunity to get rid of this gangrene globalist infested weepin sore ,cut them down to news without comment and kids shows for the incarcerated kids ,and when the Wuhan Chinese Bat Scourge abates do not restore funding ,that’ll larn the buggers .

    SNAP Fred, see my post at 2119!

  46. Squirrel

    The vignettes chosen by the ABC for its virus coverage – designer children being home-schooled in designer homes, upper-middle class types aghast at not being flown home by government jets from the exotic locations to which they chose to travel, etc. etc. – make a mockery of the ABC’s claim to be a national broadcaster.

    As we hurtle towards a trillion dollars (or more) in net Commonwealth debt, the odds of the ABC surviving in its current form lengthen considerably.

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