The review of Q&A conducted by hand-picked reviewers, released today, offers no solutions to the bias displayed by the programme, in particular towards conservative parliamentarians.
Indeed, recommendation one says it all:
“A greater level of representation of politicians from the Greens and Independent/Others parties should be present on panels.”
The review also failed to consider events around the appearance of Mr Zacky Mallah on the programme.
“This review defies common sense and fails to address the serious concerns that have been raised by the community.”
“Bizarrely, the review recommends more extreme left wing politicians like the Greens appearing on this programme that is already well and truly skewed to the left.”
“The ABC have again wasted taxpayers’ money in a poor review that misses the mark. Hard working Australians will be disappointed to see this lettuce-leaf review instead of something that genuinely ensures that the programme is fair, reasonable, balanced.”
“Hopefully the next ABC Managing Director will be better focused on ensuring balanced programming than running a protection racket for poor decision making.”
“I look forward to pursuing this matter further at Senate Estimates in February.”