The ABC takes money from people who work hard for a living and hands $500,000 every year to Juanita Phillips, who reads news on television. Something to think about the next time the ABC runs an item mentioning the ever–widening gap between rich and poor; the state-funded ABC is actively causing it.
Labor leader Kim Beazley recently opposed tax reforms that would, he said, deliver unfair benefits to the rich. Phillips is already massively richer than most Australians, and is growing richer by the year via taxes drained from their earnings. Hilariously, given Beazley’s claimed interest in “fairness”, his party last year wanted to give the ABC even more of your money.
The average Australian wage is $47,000. These people lose a portion of their income every week to someone earning ten times that amount. Fair, Kim?
Try and imagine Australia without the ABC, and just even in doing that I broke out in a cold sweat and imagined myself clinging to the lonely rock of SBS … actually SBS news basically … and fighting off the waves of Big Brother and Footy Shows. I really think that if there was no ABC then the creatures from the black lagoon would have finally won and Australia would be a kind of cultural desert, which doesn’t mean to say I like everything about it; I think there is a kind of plague of trivia on a lot of the radio stations right now. The future is coming so fast now that I think the ABC could be connecting with the future a bit more and looking at kind of cutting-edge ideas, but having said that, it’s such an easy thing to criticise … there’s this great big blancmange but in the blancmange there are nuggets and there is something for everybody and there is a kind of national conversation that it does inspire. So I think it’s cool to criticise it, cool to get angry, and actually, for you and for other people, criticising it has been a good career move. And on top of that, I actually think it’s like the new Callan Park. I was reading Malcolm’s article … the hotbed of counselling that goes on here means that all these apparently incredibly sick and depressed timid people would have nowhere else to go. So it plays a social role as well as a broadcasting role.