Senate debates

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Statements by Senators

Australian Broadcasting Commission

1:30 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

The ABC strikes again. What we saw on Four Corners last night regarding Peter Dutton was nothing short of disgraceful, another taxpayer funded hit job for the Lefty luvvies. The board at the failing ABC, who champion this cavalier faux journalism, should be ashamed of themselves for using our once-great national broadcaster to serve up a bucket of slop.

Last night we had roughly six minutes of hearing positive insights from interviewees and over 17 minutes from other guests who spent their time trashing Peter Dutton and his reputation. This is rich given most of them haven't even met Mr Dutton—very balanced reporting from the ABC, as always!

The line-up of irrelevant guests rolled out by Four Corners to trash Peter Dutton included the shameful Cheryl Kernot; the trainwreck Terry O'Gorman; the failed Kerryn Phelps; some disgruntled former public servant; some Twitter bore nobody knows or cares about; a no-name human rights lawyer who I don't think anyone has ever heard of, and for good reason, who had the gall to say they would not feel safe in a country where Peter Dutton is Prime Minister. This is Peter Dutton, a former police officer from Queensland. This is a diabolically terrible take, typical of the ABC's cooked universe.

Peter Dutton has maintained a lifelong commitment to keeping all Australians safe. Being a dad and a former police officer, there's nothing radical or scary about his agenda to keep all Australians safe. The ABC continues to openly wage war on centre-right attitudes, values and beliefs—and, indeed, centre-right political parties. The ABC treats Australians who do not share their fanciful leftist ideology with disdain. Australians deserve better from our national broadcaster. Last night Four Corners was a bucket of slop, and we deserve better. The taxpayers deserve better from the ABC. It's time to reform it.