May 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
In today’s The Australian I write:
Tony Abbott’s comeuppance for disrupting the politically correct equilibrium of Australian cultural life is administered by the ABC.
It is an ugly sight on or off the screen. The two monstrous hulks have grown meaner over the years, and neither will be deflected from their vengeful path by reason and persuasion.
The ABC’s post-war chairman Richard Boyer would hardly recognise the beast; it is hardly the “impartial clearing house for our ideas” he imagined it might grow up to become.
Instead it behaves like a zealous inquisition squad with the self-appointed task of punishing heretics. The art of conducting a dispassionate policy discussion has disappeared almost completely from its repertoire.
So if the PM wants to improve his “messaging”, as the commentators endlessly insist he should, he first has to survive encounters with the likes of Jon Faine, who thinks he is a political coward. We know that because Faine told him so last week to his face, and then told him so again, to make sure…