The ABC’s governance arrangements are designed to ensure it is independent and politically neutral. The success of these arrangements is demonstrated in repeated editorial reviews and its long running support from the Australian public. Given this success, changes to these governance arrangements should be made only when demonstrably necessary and certainly not for part isan political or commercial gain.
Debate around the ABC’s content, performance and personalities is welcome. Tackling the ABC for its performance is part of the Australian political game. However, attempts to use the governance arrangements as political l evers are attempts to move the goalposts.
But that is what has occurred: Important aspects of the ABC’s governance have become political battlegrounds – the ABC’s Charter, the ABC Board and its appointment process , and the ABC’s funding.