Government sets up inquiry into embattled ABC chairman’s email

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The government has ordered an investigation into ABC chairman Justin Milne’s reportedemail that urged then managing director Michelle Guthrie to “get rid of” a senior journalist who had angered the Turnbull government.

With the ABC in crisis and multiple calls for Milne to resign or stand aside, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield announced late Wednesday that after a meeting with Scott Morrison, he had asked Communications department secretary, Mike Mrdak, “to establish the facts in relation to today’s media reports surrounding the ABC”.

Mrdak would report to him as soon as possible, Fifield said, adding: “It is important for the community to have confidence in the independence of the ABC”.

Earlier, Labor and the Greens flagged they would seek a Senate inquiry, with ABC board members called to appear.

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