Who exactly are the conspiracy theorists?

According to their ABC prime minister Scott Morrison is being influenced by the far right wing.

One QAnon adherent has attracted attention because of his long friendship with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.

The Prime Minister’s old friend is an enthusiastic exponent of QAnon’s bizarre conspiracy theory.  

Read this exchange carefully – paying attention to who it is that are ‘best friends’.

LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: At the same time that Tim Stewart was descending into QAnon, one of his old friends ascended to the highest office in the land. 

Scott Morrison became Prime Minister in August 2018.  

Tim Stewart’s wife Lynelle has been best friends with Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny for decades. 

The two couples cemented their friendship at their local Baptist Church in the early 1990s. 

BRIAN STEWART, TIM STEWART’S FATHER: Well, it’s a close one, there’s no doubt about that. The two girls in particular have known each other from high school onwards and the two men that married the two girls became friends along the way.  

VAL STEWART, TIM STEWART’S MOTHER: They’ve had a lifelong friendship together. 

LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: Would you say ‘best friends? 

VAL STEWART, TIM STEWART’S MOTHER: Oh yes, I would say best friends. Yes. Jenny was Lynelle’s maid of honour and Lynelle was Jenny and Scott’s bridesmaid.  

LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: Jenny Morrison describes Lynelle Stewart on her Facebook page as her “dear old friend”, Lynelle says Jenny is a “precious treasure” and a “forever friend”. 

Jenny Morrison and Lynelle Stewart are good friends and have been so since high school. Their husbands know each other through their wives.

Okay – so what is the problem?

LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: At the time, Scott Morrison was preparing for one his first acts as Prime Minister, a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.  

I’m assuming their ABC does not disapprove of that – but who knows?

Eliahi Priest set up a meeting with Tim Stewart and others.  

 The group wanted the phrase “ritual sexual abuse” included in the national apology.  

DR MICHAEL SALTER, CRIMINOLOGIST AND CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST, UNSW: So, when the QAnon conspiracy is using the term ‘ritual abuse’, they’re using it as synonymous with child torture, cannibalism, really the most gross and vivid and graphic allegations of child abuse that you can imagine.  

Oh me gawd.

NEXT THING THE PRIME MINISTER USED THE PHRASE “RITUAL SEXUAL ABUSE” – previously unknown to the English language – IN HIS APOLOGY.

SCOTT MORRISON, PRIME MINISTER: The crimes of ritual sexual abuse happened in schools, churches, youth groups, Scout troops, orphanages, foster homes. 

LOUISE MILLIGAN, REPORTER: But close observers of the process were taken aback by the use of the phrase “ritual sexual abuse”. 

DR MICHAEL SALTER, CRIMINOLOGIST AND CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST, UNSW: Ritual child sexual abuse wasn’t a focus of the Royal Commission.  

It wasn’t evident in the reports or in the recommendations and so, certainly there were questions about, where did this phrase come from?  

How did it arise?  

How did it come to be in the Prime Minister’s speech in the manner that it was?  

I’m in contact with international networks of mental health workers particularly, who treat children and adults who have been subject to sexual exploitation, and I was contacted, I was emailed. People reached out about this phrase.  

It is a phrase that we’re aware of.  

It’s a very sensitive phrase. 

According to The Australian newspaper that “phrase that we’re aware of”, that “very sensitive phrase”, came to be in the prime minister’s speech from the, ahem, royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse. That is where it arose.

The second volume of the royal commission’s final report includes several mentions of how victims of abuse described rituals of hazing and rape across orphanages, churches, the Australian Defence Force and other institutions.

“In some private sessions, we heard about how many of the forms of sexual abuse described above were used in ritualistic or initiation settings to instil institutional culture. For example, institutions may condone sexually humiliating rituals or initiation practices, including forced public nudity, hazing and rape,” it says. The report also highlights ritual abuse of children involved in ADF youth troops and mentions that “ritualised abuse” has been a recurring theme in the media.

“The abuse took place within an informal hierarchy in which older recruits physically and sexually abused more junior recruits as part of the ritualised practices of bastardisation that were designed to break in and humiliate the new entrants to the navy.

“The media reported on high-profile alleged offenders, organised paedophile networks and ritualised abuse in Australia and overseas. As awareness grew, so did knowledge of related behaviours, such as grooming.”

Goodness me. Maybe the prime minister’s speech writer read the report? At least, liased with somebody who was familiar with the issue?

So what have we got here? An acquaintance of the prime minister big-noting himself to his other mates. The ABC criticising the prime minister for making an apology to the victim of a crime using language that the royal commission itself used. Oh, yes – a whole bunch of idiots behaving like idiots.

Despite all that:

DR MICHAEL SALTER, CRIMINOLOGIST AND CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST: The speech was received, I think, tremendously well.  

It was taken in the spirit that it was offered, which was, I think, a spirit of generosity, a spirit of repentance and regret and that’s something that survivors of sexual abuse don’t often get.  

They don’t often get someone saying, “I’m sorry that this has happened to you. I regret that this has happened to you.” 

Beyond trying to score cheap shots against the government, and cruel a friendship between Jenny Morrison and Lynelle Stewart, never mind undermining Scott Morrison’s national apology to the victims of sexual child abuse, what exactly is it that their ABC was trying to achieve?

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73 Responses to Who exactly are the conspiracy theorists?

  1. Paul says:

    Its from the lying their abc
    The left find smearing political opponents as great fun, its their entertainment, being lied to.
    The left love being lied to by their favourite entertainers.

  2. C.L. says:

    Wacko claims, ritual abuse, the Royal Commission and the ABC?

    Mmm.

    Remember this poor old fella?

    The ABC believed him.

  3. dopey says:

    They want a Labor government which will cave in to all the green left fantasies. But Albanese is a dud so it’s throw whatever they can find at Morrison.

  4. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    what exactly is it that their ABC was trying to achieve?

    Providing yet more evidence (as if any was needed) that the ALPBC needs to be obliterated.

    Followed by a grovelling apology from Goose Morristeen to taxpayers for the decades of ritual humiliation they’ve endured due to the ALPBC’s ongoing and entirely unnecessary existence.

  5. Tezza says:

    To answer your last question, Sinc: to damage Morrison by smearing him as a nutter under the influence of a bigger nutter.

    Moreover, remember the broadcast program was the improved, bullet-proofed version approved by the ABC’s most senior management, after being held back for a week’s extra work inserting Milligan’s strongest evidence.

    Just appalling, but at least Milligan has nailed everybody in ABC management to her agenda, so we know where we stand (if we didn’t already).

  6. Cynic of A says:

    Just remember that Milligan is working for herself.
    The more shit she says, the more the luvvies listen, and the more she can ask to be paid.
    And, being the ABC, they will pay her more.
    Honesty, integrity and journalism has nothing to do with it.
    Whatever it takes!

  7. mundi says:

    It’s the same reason ABC never lets people comment on articles or videos, and only takes comments on air when they have set up stooges and vetted them: Only the ABC agenda matters.

    They don’t even need a coherent story line.

  8. pete m says:

    News dot com etc seems also to be hating on scomo claiming some pub photo was terribad look.

    Actually there whole website is aweful. Clickbait and no news.

    Abc doing what abc always do to coalition govt

  9. Roger says:

    …what exactly is it that their ABC was trying to achieve?

    I would think that is obvious, SInc ( or was it a rhetorical question?):

    To smear Morrison and damage him electorally so they don’t have to contend with a nasty “conservative” government that might cut their funding.

    They tried the same with Howard and his alleged links to the Brethren.

  10. candy says:

    They put out a silly, pointless story on 4 Corners because they think all other Australians think like them and see evil in all LNP politicians. They don’t see how ridiculous that is, because they cannot. Immersed in their own ideology.

  11. John64 says:

    Putting aside the blatant political and ideological motivations; this has got to be one of the sloppiest pieces of alleged journalism I have ever seen, worthy of New Idea rather than a so-called “flagship” program on the national broadcaster.

    How many journalism awards has 7-Nilligan got on the mantlepiece again?

  12. JohnJJJ says:

    The ABC has the logic and emotion of schoolgirl gossip.

  13. IainC says:

    Satire is dead; long live Four Corners (or is there a secret 5th corner that only a select enlightened few know about, hmmmm?).
    I think followers of QAnon grew up watching old Four Corners episodes.
    Four Corners, fourcorners, forkorners…..fork-horners……Fork Horners! Symbols and agents of the devil! I knew there was something suspicious about this cabal.
    At least now we know where the ABC got their “information” to conduct their persecution of Cardinal Pell.

  14. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Has the ABC brought up the massive Elder Abuse case being perperated in the USA by the democrims on the demented paedophile corruptocrat biden ?
    Surely this is newsworthy ! They are about to throw him under the bus with the Putin conference ,Im sure Putin will treat him gently ,he wont want to look like a vindictive democrat swampy .
    Wonder how long the meet will last ?not long I should think.

  15. Rosie says:

    Nilligan and Co seem to think that hillsong presents a credible threat to their existence, or something.

    Only have to view a few of the like minded twitter threads to see that.

    It’s like a crusade with nilligan in the role of Joan of Arc.

  16. Terry Pedersen says:

    According to The Australian newspaper that “phrase that we’re aware of”, that “very sensitive phrase”, came to be in the prime minister’s speech from the, ahem, royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

    One should not rely too much on the veracity of what is said by reporters from The Australian newspaper. A search of the linked FINAL REPORT Nature and cause of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse does not find the phrase “ritual sexual abuse”.

  17. Tom says:

    Hahaha. Their ABC’s latest attempted gotcha against the Coalition government by their celebrity activist-du-jour sinks without a trace because its only substance is unbridled hatred — as usual.

    C’mon, Greentards, you can do better! Time for another activist convoy to Queensland coal mines — sure to deliver the votes and political power you crave.

    It’s hilarious that the ABC green industrial complex hates democracy so much it doesn’t understand how the basics work.

  18. Dan4eva says:

    For those of us that are comprehensively challenged – I refer to you Terry the quote is;
    ‘The second volume of the royal commission’s final report includes several mentions of how victims of abuse described rituals of hazing and rape across orphanages, churches, the Australian Defence Force and other institutions.’
    That’s number two Terry after one and before 3. The Royal Commission consists of all it volumes not just the final which is at best a summary of recommendations.

  19. a happy little debunker says:

    The real story is how an Extreme Left Wing Green candidate (I know a tautology) decided to dob in her own brother, after despoiling her family’s relationships, because of superficial political differences.

    That same Extreme Left Wing Green candidate who then funnelled supplied disinformation to the Extreme Left Wing Penny Wong (still with the tautologies) – who weaponised the provided political narrative to publicly attack the PM.

    This also sparked the interest of Milligan to create a 45 minute nothingburger of sleaze and smear.

    That the ABC aired such self serving rubbish is beyond my ability to comment….

  20. John Smith101 says:

    what exactly is it that their ABC was trying to achieve?

    That the anons, which grew out of 4Chan/Reddit/pol in 2015-16, with Q’s assistance (which started in late October 2017), have been researching, tracking and exposing ritualised child sex abuse and trafficking (among numerous other research areas) and that they are now over the fricking principal targets!

    These trafficking rings have been and are being exposed and taken out over the past four plus years, starting with local networks and moving steadily upwards towards the more extreme and violent players (think Epstein/Maxwell/Weinstein for starters), many of whom hold positions of great power and prestige, including here in Australia.

    While the Q phenomena has bypassed most Cat readers herein (roughly about 10% of Cats ‘get it’ but mostly keep ‘mum’ due to the Catallaxy bullies and prefects), it is very important to note that there are ‘anons’ (now tens of millions strong if not more), and there is ‘Q’ (a number of civilian and military players who were connected to the Trump White House, including Trump himself, who posted as Q+. Trump is still posting ‘Q’ information on his Telegram site – look it up.) The point is: there is no actual person called Qanon. Why is that?

    Qanon is a media beat up used to disparage the anons and anyone who questions the narrative. This is where the ABC comes in, be it Pell, Porter, ScoMo, or whoever it is that is threatening the corrupt elites (cabal) or the narrative, they must be ridiculed or silenced.

    Are you getting it yet? This is all about Trump (as was Covid) and his intended next moves, by attempting to silence and ridicule his supporters, and those good folk of mostly conservative and centrist viewpoints. As Q likes to say: hunters have become the hunted.

  21. dopey says:

    I watched a 4 Corners show. Can’t remember the issue but it was informative, interesting and un-biased. I think it was 1981.

  22. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “a happy little debunker says:
    June 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm”

    Well said.

    Wonder which Liberal/conservative is next in line to be smeared by Nilligan and the Four Corners team?

  23. Richard says:

    Tucker’s monologue last night that the Jan 6th “insurrection” had little to do with “Qanon”, but was rather an FBI-orchestrated “false flag” operation, is unmissable.

    I’ll hold my breath starting from now and draw another breath when their ABC reports on it.

  24. Howard Hill says:

    You all do realise that QAnon is not a group right?
    Q is the entity posting titbits of info regarding the deep state state and Anon are a group of people that hang out in 4chan, 8chan and other such sites trying to decipher the posts and put the riddles into context. They are separate entities and no way related. QAnon is a fabrication of the leftwit lying media to demonize anyone right of Mao!

  25. Howard Hill says:

    Snap John Smith101

    posted my reply before reading your 🙁

  26. Whalehunt Fun says:

    So the ABC creatures never read the report of theRoyal Commission. Hardly surprising given the hobbies of the staff. Andy Muirhead is a name that comes to mind.

  27. Jack Rosher says:

    No. I don’t know/understand what the ABC can possibly hope to achieve.
    HOWEVER. I’m very pleased that they continue so to do.
    BECAUSE very soon , carried away by their own self importance, Milligan and the rest will go too far, and however clever they consider themselves, they WILL be prosecuted heavily and called to account.
    I can’t wait to see their demeanour when this happens……..

  28. dover_beach says:

    Heavens, the premise of that doco is thin.

  29. cuckoo says:

    I think it’s time for a Royal Commission re-examining everyone who has ever claimed to have been abducted and probed by aliens. I’ve seen some of them become quite emotional when recounting their experiences. What more proof do you need?

  30. Clam Chowdah says:

    Morrison should not deign to respond.

    However, in a separate and unrelated act, he should cut the ABC budget by about 40%.

  31. The BigBlueCat says:

    pete m says:
    June 16, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    News dot com etc seems also to be hating on scomo claiming some pub photo was terribad look.

    Actually there whole website is aweful. Clickbait and no news.

    Abc doing what abc always do to coalition govt

    Not just news dot com, pete. Plenty here on Catallaxy doing the same. But it’s a non-event. Not illegal, not immoral, not wrong of ScoMo to visit the Jamaica Inn for lunch with his staff.

  32. Terry Pedersen says:

    Dan4eva says: June 16, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    For those of us that are comprehensively challenged – I refer to you Terry the quote is;
    ‘The second volume of the royal commission’s final report includes several mentions of how victims of abuse described rituals of hazing and rape across orphanages, churches, the Australian Defence Force and other institutions.’
    That’s number two Terry after one and before 3. The Royal Commission consists of all it volumes not just the final which is at best a summary of recommendations.

    Lol. You think the alleged journalists at the Oz didn’t try to find the exact phrase “ritual sexual abuse” elsewhere in the Final Report? Lol again. You can bet they did but it wasn’t there either. So, unable to quote the exact phrase from anywhere in the Final Report, they resorted to using relatively similar words and half phrases.

  33. Ian MacCulloch says:

    It’s a sad indictment on Four Corners, rather than watching the program at all, I prefer to read the comments section in the august Catallaxy Files blogsite as the primary source of the topic of the day.

  34. Rosie says:

    Reality is Monty, no one normal cares.

  35. Forester says:

    Elect Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister.

    Yes, that’s all.

    The banality of evil.

  36. vlad says:

    4 Corners was good when it used to re-screen UK documentaries in their entirety. Am I the only one who remembers those days, circa 1990?

    I say axe it.

  37. Boambee John says:

    You think the alleged journalists at the Oz didn’t try to find the exact phrase “ritual sexual abuse” elsewhere in the Final Report? Lol again. You can bet they did but it wasn’t there either.

    Perry Tediousen

    This is your chance to soar!

    Put your Gulag skills to work, and search the entire report. But don’t just search for that exact phrase, search also for mentions of “ritual”, and then look at the context.

    Report back by 1200 tomorrow.

  38. Boambee John says:

    handlover

    Tim Stewart claims credit for getting the PM to use a phrase with a clear dog whistle meaning

    You claim to know lots of things. Each claim needs supporting evidence. Yours is especially deficient in such evidence.

    Produce some evidence that you are sentient, then get to work on checking the Stewart “claim”. When you find evidence that it is more than an idle boast, get back to us.

  39. Mother Lode says:

    Is handlover a reincarnation of an existing troll? Or a new one?

  40. dover_beach says:

    4 Corners was good when it used to re-screen UK documentaries in their entirety. Am I the only one who remembers those days, circa 1990?

    Remember that Princess Di doco by Bashir that rescreen? He got the interview by lying to Di about MI5 spying on her.

  41. dover_beach says:

    attempt to violently overturn the results of the US election

    handlover indeed.

  42. Pyrmonter says:

    @ Vlad

    4C also did excellent work on Wran (some of which, I think, has subsequently been suppressed) – I can still remember the thrill of seeing the fall of one of the ALP’s biggest thugs, a cornerstone of NSW corruption; on Joe B-P and his crooked cops; on Bond; and on Wittenoom. All of which were broadcast when Hawke was still PM. Masters and Holmes were very good. Milligan and Neighbour (and a string of increasingly ideological, rather less bright journos in between) less so.

  43. John Brumble says:

    Hey hanlover. Just so we’re clear. Are you saying it’s a good or bad thing to believe what QAnon fruitloops say?

    Take your time. It’s a tough one.

  44. Ed Case says:

    It’s the same reason ABC never lets people comment on articles or videos,

    Off Topic, but they did allow comments until a well known commenter [on other sites, not this one] took the ABC to Court for not publishing his drivel.

  45. mh says:

    Mother Lode says:
    June 16, 2021 at 4:45 pm
    Is handlover a reincarnation of an existing troll? Or a new one?

    It’s Grip.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Ed Case says:
    June 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    It’s the same reason ABC never lets people comment on articles or videos,

    Well, well, well, look who’s back!

  47. Rex Anger says:

    It’s Grip.

    Dammit! I was certain Xenophon was Grip’s new sock account.

    Ah well. m0nty needs to pull his finger out, and patent and trademark you lot.

    Look at all the poor-quality imitators of his brand now appearing and diluting his market share of the kickings dished out on this centre-Right blog…

  48. JC says:

    Rones,

    As dense as he is, no one here compares to you. There’s not a single thing one can say that is positive about you. Not a thing.

  49. Paul says:

    Funny, QANON were right about NIXVM, hollywood, weinstein, Epstein, spacey, Matt Lauer, Dr Huxtable and many others, because they cited media stories, that were largely ignored by the lying left wing msm, until they could no longer ignore what their friends were doing.

  50. Terry Pedersen says:

    Bambi June,

    Way ahead of you, old dear. What part of “it wasn’t there either” did you not understand?

  51. Russell says:

    Every day their ABC chips away at their credibility. Soon, only the rusted-on progressives will be protesting when they are subscriptioned. I do think they should remove “opinion” investigations stuff from their content. They are not good at it and it is getting so bad that they have toggled over from most-trusted to least-trusted in such a short time.
    Of course, their regular survey data on Oz-trust is all confirmation-biased and by not allowing comments on their stories they are really traveling totally blind. I give then till the next Fed election.

  52. Ed Case says:

    what exactly is it that their ABC was trying to achieve?

    The Report hasn’t damaged Scotty
    Jenny Morrison’s best friend’s husband has promoted Qanon, which is likely to be a U.S. Deep State PsyOp anyway?
    Big deal, though it is an invasion of these people’s privacy.
    The key is Milligan objection to the term “ritual sexual abuse”.
    She’s essentially telling us that the sexual abuse documented in the R.C. was all random, unconnected events, and anyone who disagrees is a Conspiracy Theorist or worse.
    Okay Louise, i’ll take your word on that, but who are you WhiteKnighting for here?

  53. Boambee John says:

    Terry Pedersen says:
    June 16, 2021 at 5:13 pm
    Bambi June,

    Way ahead of you, old dear. What part of “it wasn’t there either” did you not understand?

    So there is absolutely no mention of the word “ritual” in any context in the RC report?

  54. PB says:

    “which is likely to be a U.S. Deep State PsyOp anyway?”

    I’d go with definitely. That it’s being used now as a political tool suggests it was always a psyop. If it was real they would go hard to see that it wasn’t mentioned.

    Usual media Straw-man.

  55. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Must be depressing and challenging to be a leftist propagandist trying to find encouraging items to boost albanese, kicking it uphill that is .
    Could be worse,you could be a Yank trying to boost that demented dirty paedo corruptocrat biden , thats mission impossible .

  56. Squirrel says:

    There was news today that several hundred ABC staff will be relocated to a yet to be decided location in western Sydney (somewhere in the Nullarbor might be a better idea).

    When they’re coming to terms with their new, extended commutes (assuming they’re not all paid to “work” at home), they might reflect on the connection between that and the antics of some of their high-profile colleagues – who will doubtless remain cossetted in their inner-city bubble.

  57. Epicurious says:

    Where’s Munty?

    Now, recently the Swiss demonstrated how their system is so much better than ours, i.e CO2 taxes and climate change crap rejected. Now imagine if we had a referendum on ABC ownership! It would have to be a big winner for the coalition and a big whinner for the ALP/Green coalition.

  58. vlad says:

    Remember that Princess Di doco by Bashir that rescreen?

    No, I didn’t and don’t remember that they rescreened that one. But I do remember a first-rate UK documentary on the multiple screw-ups behind the scenes of NASA’s Galileo mission. That was a cracker; one of the best things that ever went to air on the ABC in 4 Corners’ timeslot.

  59. Texas Jack says:

    I blame Abbott. He so misjudged the size of his impending win in 2013 he stupidly made that election-eve commitment to keep the ABC. Everyone talks as if he had balls of steel. It turned out he didn’t.

  60. Leo G says:

    Qanon is a media beat up used to disparage the anons and anyone who questions the narrative.

    Yes- but it also appears to be a cult brand that has attracted a community of fans around it, a kind of Millennial Chic, that has little more than a superficial association with Q or the anons.

  61. mareeS says:

    We are having a nice break from “news,” TV and otherwise, except for a few blogs like this. Otherwise, catching up on lots of Father Brown, Marple, Death in Paradise, Endeavour, Lewis, Time Team and River Monsters, when not re-reading good books by Patrick O’Brian and Alan First etc. Nice change not having to read or hear about the virus, politics etc.

  62. mareeS says:

    Furst.

  63. Lee says:

    I am no fan of Morrison, but the loony lefties here and elsewhere are really desperately clutching at straws to link him with QAnon.
    Besides, Morrison is no more “far right”, than I am a communist.

  64. Nob says:

    dopey says:
    June 16, 2021 at 11:55 am
    They want a Labor government which will cave in to all the green left fantasies.

    They want revenge for their utter humiliation by the very ordinary Morrison in the 2019 election.

  65. Figures says:

    Sadly, conservatives/libertarians allow this sort of thing to happen by refusing to defend our allies.

    Whenever someone tries to poison the well with us we should respond by saying:

    “I would rather be friends with a thousand QAnon conspiracy theorists than one communist, and I would rather be friends with a million QAnons than one journalist”.

  66. Brian says:

    Michael Smith picks up on the term “ritual abuse”

  67. Brian says:

    Its used by a survivor group
    https://brissc.org.au

  68. DaveR says:

    I dont really care whether the exact phrase “ritual sexual abuse” was included in the original draft of Morrison’s speech, or added in a later edit. The 4 Corners charges against Morrison are flimsy, not worthy of the ABC and should not have been broadcast.

    If I was Morrison, I would now be asking ABC MD Anderson for a public scalp, in acknowledgement the ABC 4 Corners unit has gone too far this year, and to show that Anderson is actually managing the ABC operations to justify his considerable salary.

    I would also quietly tell Anderson that if he is unable to find said scalp, then his will be required instead.

    Moving some of the ABC staff to Parramatta will not do.

  69. Terry Pedersen says:

    If I was Morrison, I would now be asking ABC MD Anderson for a public scalp

    Lol. Morrison has no authority to do so. In Senate Estimates Hearings you must have missed that Anderson has already said to the critics of the ABCs investigative reporters “Go away, or words to that effect”

  70. Gassius says:

    At least their ABC is well stocked with plenty of Malice. They apparently have enough for many years yet.

  71. Gassius says:

    Qanon , as dopey as it is, is not as dangerous to us socially, militarily, finacially or culturally as the Global Warming Cult.

  72. Bruce says:

    As an aside; until a few decades ago, the Brisbane Courier-Mail used to actually print a version of the First Amendment of the US Constitution as a part of the papers “banner”.

    This practice ended some years ago; probably when a company lawyer quietly told management that NO SUCH Constitutional or God-given right exists in the penal colonies, nor has it ever. It also may have been seen as a a bit cheeky, given the rags regular habit of going all “Crusader” against select groups of people, especially those who actually supported actual “free speech” and who resented the incessant use of the bully pulpit of the fourth-estatists.

    And it has been the legalists themselves who have brought this about by the supplanting of “inherited” or “”natural” laws by iron-clad, deliberately obfuscatory Statute Laws.

    And how is good old Section 92 of the Australian constitution going, in these jolly times?

  73. Amused says:

    Not very well researched. Aussie Qanon believers consider Morrison to be part of the cabal.

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