The ideological attacks on the ABC that the One Nation political party secured from the Liberal Government are well on their way to being enacted with legislation being introduced into the Senate today.
“Australians love and trust the ABC and are sick of seeing the public broadcaster used as political punching bag,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“The Greens will fight to protect the ABC from this blatant ideological attack and will do everything we can to save our public broadcaster from the Government and One Nation’s axe.
“First it was Tony Abbott breaking his promise not to cut the ABC’s funding; now it’s Pauline Hanson wanting to dictate how the public broadcaster does its job and how it reports on news.
“It was only a few months ago that Pauline Hanson crowed about going after the ABC as revenge for the broadcaster reporting the dodgy antics the One Nation political party gets up to.
“Opening up the ABC’s charter to give more coverage to the loopy ideas of anti-vaxxers or anti-science is not about making the public broadcaster ‘fair and balanced’ – it’s revenge from One Nation Senators who can’t handle the truth being reported.
“I’m calling on Labor and the Nick Xenophon Team to join with the Greens in voting this toxic legislation down.”