OK. I despise the idea of compromise. But on this issue, in utter desperation, and in lieu of any better solution, I’ll settle for it.
The passing of time, decades actually, and the parade of politicians over that time, has shown one thing quite clearly. The ABC is untouchable. Although it frequently shows utter contempt for the terms of its charter, and clearly despises around half of the taxpayers who support it, and these breaches of legislation and morality provoke copious criticism, the ABC never pays any real penalty.
Year after year after year, it not only keeps on but gets progressively worse. Something must be done but what? Here’s my idea, my compromise.
Make the ABC strictly news. This will satisfy the left’s synthetic argument that an alternative broadcaster should exist. I don’t agree, but let them have that. At least until someone comes along with the will and the guts to shut the whole thing down.
There is actually no good rational argument for having the taxpayer fund the broadcasting of political opinion as entertainment.
In fact the logic that underpins this view is much stronger than the argument for closing the ABC altogether.
The ABC can exist as a news network servicing remote communities. It can exist as a public service assisting in matters of public emergency, such as bush fires and floods. It can bring us perceived “quality news” as opposed to sensationalist rubbish and paid advertising that passes as news on free to air broadcasters. It can broadcast the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Bin such biased garbage as “Insiders”. “The Drum”. “The Seven Thirty Report”. “Four Corners”. All such programs, heavily influenced by the political partisanship of their presenters, and well worth the descriptor of “fake news”, should go.
The ABC can operate around the clock on a cycle of local, national and international news. Presented completely objectively as it used to be presented decades ago. If viewers want entertainment and political opinion, they will need to seek it elsewhere.
It is essential that the Australian national broadcaster is torn free from the clutches of the Marxist/ Progressive cabal who have controlled it for too long. Sure, there might be a weak case for a national broadcasting service as I have outlined above, but there is absolutely no case for a bunch of far left zealots to capture the ABC and run it as their personal propaganda agency.
The Liberal/ National coalition needs new leadership, it needs firm political direction and it needs to win an election completely and decisively. Once it achieves these milestones, fixing the ABC has to be its immediate priority. The strategy I suggest above has to be a workable solution, for it undermines the left’s main objections, and simultaneously removes the ability of those who presently control it to pursue their insidious left wing agenda.
Democracy doesn’t work when left wingers have a huge taxpayer funded budget to press their views and there is by comparison no alternative outlet expressing contrary views. At least not by any means as large as the ABC has at its disposal. Australia does not have a pluralistic democracy, its basically a one party state, with battling left wing leadership factions in Labor and Liberal. (Turnbull refuses to appear on the Bolt Report)
This has to change. It won’t unless the ABC propagandists are brought to heel.
Further reading: Quadrant- How the Staff Captured the ABC