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Archives for January 2014

Turnbull Announces Efficiency Study Of ABC And SBS

The Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced an efficiency study of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

The terms of the reference for the study are shown below. They specifically exclude all matters relating to the broadcasters’ charters, editorial policies, advertising and program quality.

The study will be conducted by the Department of Communications, assisted by Peter Lewis, the former Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited. The study is required to be completed by April, prior to the May Budget.

A brief statement from the Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott, says: “The ABC has constantly reviewed its operations to deliver the best and most efficient return to Australian audiences. We have been in consultation with the Minister and will work with the Department and Mr Lewis on this new study.”

  • Watch Turnbull interviewed on SBS (4m)

Statement from Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications.

ABC and SBS Efficiency Study

The Department of Communications will conduct a study of the efficiency of the operations of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. Mr Peter Lewis, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited, will assist the Department in this work. [Read more…]


Government Rejects SPC Ardmona’s Bid For $25 Million Rescue

The Federal government has rejected a bid by SPC Ardmona for a $25 million rescue package.

The decision was announced at a press conference this afternoon by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.

Abbott

SPC Ardmona is owned by Coca-Cola Amatil. It was seeking $25 million from the federal government and $25 million from the Victorian government. It was prepared to contribute $90 million to the rescue package.

Abbott said it was important that SPC Ardmona has the support of its parent company, one of the most profitable companies. “This is a business which well and truly has the resources to ensure SPC Ardmona is in a position to restructure,” Abbott said. [Read more…]


Abbott: A Lot Of Noise Over The Next Year

Federal Cabinet met in Canberra today, for the first time in 2014.

With cameras present for a photo opportunity before Cabinet got down to business, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made brief opening comments, reiterating the government’s commitment to “calm, measured, purposeful action”, deficit reduction and stopping the boats.

Abbott said: “Obviously over the next year there is going to be a lot of noise but we as a government know what we are doing and we are going to get it done. We know what we are doing and we are going to get it done.” [Read more…]


Tony Abbott Attacks ABC In Interview With 2GB’s Ray Hadley

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the ABC “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

Ray HadleyIn an interview with Sydney radio 2GB host Ray Hadley, Abbott criticised the ABC’s coverage of allegations by asylum seekers that Navy personnel burned their hands. He also criticised its coverage of Edward Snowden.

Abbott said: “I want the ABC to be a straight, news gathering and news reporting organisation and a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

He went on: “Well, I was very worried and concerned a few months back when the ABC seemed to delight in broadcasting allegations by a traitor. This gentlemen Snowden, or this individual Snowden, who has betrayed his country and in the process has badly, badly damaged other countries that are friends of the United States and of course the ABC didn’t just report what he said they took the lead in advertising what he said… Look, you know if there’s credible evidence the ABC, like all other news organisations, is entitled to report it, but you shouldn’t leap to be critical of your own country and you certainly ought to be prepared to give the Australian Navy and its hardworking personnel the benefit of the doubt.” [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address: Republican Response From Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address has been delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives.

McMorris Rodgers, 44, is the member for the 5th district in Washington state. [Read more…]


President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union Address 2014

One year into his second term, President Barack Obama has delivered the annual State of the Union Address to the a joint session of the United States Congress.

Obama

It was Obama’s fifth State of the Union since assuming office on January 20, 2009. [Read more…]


Eric Abetz: Industrial Relations After The Thirty Years War

The Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, has delivered a major speech on industrial relations to The Sydney Institute.

The speech came on the day allegations of bribery and corruption in the construction industry reignited the debate over unions and workplace regulation. [Read more…]


General Peter Cosgrove Appointed Governor-General

General Peter Cosgrove has been appointed Australia’s 26th Governor-General. He will replace Quentin Bryce, who retires in March.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the appointment at Parliament House, accompanied by General and Mrs. Lynne Cosgrove. Abbott said he could not think of a finer person for the job.

Cosgrove

Abbott paid tribute to outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce who has served in the position since 2008. He said Cosgrove was a “worthy” successor. [Read more…]


Adam Goodes, Footballer Who Stood Up Against Racism, Named Australian Of The Year For 2014

Adam Goodes, the Sydney Swans and Australian Football League player, has been named Australian of the Year for 2014.

Goodes

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, at a ceremony in front of Parliament House tonight. [Read more…]


Morrison: No Boats For 36 Days

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, has applauded the latest report from Operation Sovereign Borders confirming there have been no boat arrivals for 36 days.

Morrison said “illegal arrivals” have declined by 80% in the first 100 days of Operation Sovereign Borders but “this is not the time for stepping back, but to maintain the full pressure of our operations on criminal people smugglers”.

Today’s weekly report was posted online. Morrison has abandoned his weekly press conferences.

The ABC’s fact-checking unit says the government is wrong to refer to asylum seekers as “illegal”.

  • Watch the ABC report (2m)

Today’s update from Operation Sovereign Borders.

OSB

Media release from Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Operation Sovereign Borders Report Confirms 36 Days Without A Boat

The Government welcomes today’s Operation Sovereign Borders weekly update confirming that there have been no persons illegally arriving by boat transferred to our immigration authorities for 36 days.

This is the longest period of no illegal boat arrivals since March of 2009, when arrivals first started to significantly escalate as a consequence of the former Labor Government’s decision to abolish the strong border protection regime they inherited from the Howard Government. [Read more…]