When Queensland Senator James McGrath gave his first speech in parliament, he made his intentions very clear – this culture warrior was on a mission to destroy the ABC.
“While the ABC continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate. I am calling for a review of the ABC’s charter. And if they fail to make inroads to restore balance, then the ABC should be sold and replaced by a regional and rural broadcasting service. In the meantime, Triple J, because of its demographic dominance and clear ability to stand on its own, should be immediately sold.”
Despite countless reviews which have all found no bias at the national broadcaster, over seven years later, James is still singing the same song though with a far more belligerent tone. Last night he went full crazy.
“What we’re seeing is a grotesque, left-wing, back-scratching orgy of flatulent arrogance from the ABC and those on the Left. This ABC who sneers at us is led by an arrogant chair who sees the ABC as a country apart from Australia.”
There’s nothing sillier than hearing ultra-conservatives using their favourite pejorative “woke” all the time and James gave it a real workout in expressing his obvious hatred for ABC chair, Ita Buttrose.
“The inevitable result of decades of free rein, of grossly excessive budgets and diminished accountability is that we’ve ended up with an inner-city hive of woke workers, hiring woke friends to do their woke work in their quest to wokify the world. But in conjunction with the first-night crowd, the chair of the ABC and her fellow first-nighters are at the opera, chinking their champagne glasses, sneering at middle Australia and at those who believe in a pluralistic, diverse media market. It is time for there to be reform of the ABC. It is time for their inner-city headquarters to be sold and for their staff to be shifted to regional Australia.”
James then seemed to get a bit confused, contradicting himself about media diversity in Australia.
He starts off telling us that the ABC model “is essentially an old wireless trundling along, yet we have a pluralistic, diverse media market…this taxpayer funded monolith is not fit for purpose in the 21st century.”
But it was the next rant that had me truly wondering what the hell this lunatic is on about.
“I will say, as someone who lives and spends a lot of their time in regional Queensland, there is a place for a taxpayer funded broadcaster in regional Queensland and regional Australia because there is not a diverse media market there. But in terms of the rest of our country, it is time for a royal commission into the future of public broadcasting in this country.
It is time that we stood up for the taxpayers of this country who are not getting value for money, and it is time that the board of the ABC – that most arrogant organisation – realise they are losing middle Australia because we have choice.
There is so much diversity in our media market and it would be sad if the ABC were to fail and fall over. I want the ABC to be saved. I want it to be reformed so it can be saved from itself.”
Colour me confused.
James McGrath has been gifted the top spot on the Queensland senate ticket assuring him of another 6 years in parliament.
I can only echo the words of Doug Cameron’s “gobsmacked” response to McGrath’s first speech back in 2014:
“These are the people that are supposed to be the high-calibre Liberals. If this is the high-calibre Liberals I’d hate to go to a Liberal party branch in Queensland and see the low-lifes in operation.”
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