Here was the first significant change in official Australian attitudes towards
Fijiin the six and a half years since Voreqe Bainimarama’s takeover. . . By conventional news standards the world over, it signaled a dramatic change in Australian official attitude and deserved to receive the widest coverage. But Radio Australiachose to ignore it.
It is more than a grave editorial lapse. It is also contrary to law. On the available evidence, it’s a case of the publicly funded broadcaster taking a partisan position in a manner that contravenes every aspect of the ABC’s Charter. This legally requires it – under an act of Parliament – to report without fear or favour in the interests of every Australian.
- It is essential that oppositions and politicians have the freedom to hold the government to account.
- It is essential that an independent judiciary exists to adjudicate disputes and to interpret the law.
- A free and unfettered media might be a complete pain in the neck for politicians but it is essential to hold all the sides of politics to account on behalf of the people.