Australian government says it’s in ‘deep trouble’ with its ‘credibility’
Posted April 04, 2020 12:09:16 The Australian Government has told the ABC that it is in “deep trouble” with its “crediblity”.
The Federal Government last week rejected a request by the ABC to retract a story claiming the Federal Government was paying people to be whistleblowers.
The ABC’s national media editor, Alan Davies, said the story was published by a news organisation which had no affiliation with the Government.
“This story was completely inaccurate and we’re very sorry about that,” Mr Davies said.
Mr Davies said the Government was in “dire financial straits” and was unable to meet its debt obligations.
ABC journalist Alan Davies says the ABC’s report on the Federal government’s $5 million whistleblower payment was inaccurate.
In an interview with ABC News Breakfast, the ABC News editor said the Federal Opposition had refused to retract the story.
However, Mr Davies refused to name the newspaper which had commissioned the story, saying he would be “disappointed” if the ABC did not get its money back.
Federal Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls says the Federal Parliament has been “completely mismanaged”.
“They’ve been run into the ground,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of people out there who are unhappy about the way the Government has been running this Government, and we can see it.”
The Federal Parliament hasn’t been in control of the Government’s finances for years and years and decades, and the people of this country have been put into an even greater hole.
“Mr Nicholls said he was “not surprised” the ABC had been “bought off” by the Government, given the “credible allegations” about the $5-million whistleblower payment.
I think there was a very clear breach of trust.””
[The Government] should have learnt that from the beginning.
I think there was a very clear breach of trust.”
It’s an example of why people should be embarrassed and why we need to be vigilant about it.
When the Federal Election is over, the Opposition should put up a better candidate for the Government.
“Mr Nicholl said it was clear the ABC was not being taken seriously by the Federal Office of Communications.
He said the government’s own “confidence and supply” department had “shelved up” and had given the ABC a “blank cheque” to publish the story without any “independent scrutiny”.
Federal Information Commissioner Michael Ferguson said the ABC would be seeking legal advice about the ABC decision to publish a story that “could have been avoided”.