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ABC Shows Appalling Judgement



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T im Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

ABC SHOWS APPAT.T.TNG JUDGEMENT

The Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer MP, today strongly supported comments by the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sir Ronald Wilson, in criticising the ABC's decision to broadcast a two and a half year old amateur video of a police 'bad taste' function.

"The ABC has shown appalling judgement in pursuing its aim of creating a story.

"The result is increasing distress among relatives of those Aborigines who have died in custody and heightened tensions within Australian society.

"This was all unnecessary and calls into question the ABC's reckless pursuit of a sensational story.

"In addition, in what can only be described as 'crass radio', the ABC has run a satirical piece viciously mocking NSW Police in a deliberately destructive way.

"Across Far North Queensland and other ABC radio outlets, this tape has boomed forth as if it is the smartest thing to do in the current difficult circumstances - in my view, it will backfire on the ABC.

"I am convinced that more mature judgement needs to be demonstrated by the ABC and that it is no longer satisfactory for the ABC to be the only avenue of review of its own programme content. -­

"I look forward to the day when an independent panel is in place to review ABC programming. "

Mr Fischer concluded that he did not underestimate the difficulties in reducing racism within Australian society, but the ABC should be condemned for pouring salt into a very tender wound.

Mr Fischer was speaking at Charters Towers as part of his tour of the Kennedy electorate with National Party candidate, Bob Katter.

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