Gerard Henderson

What’s wrong with mentioning ABC is funded by us?

2023-04-24T09:33:33+10:0022 April 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The taxpayer-funded public broadcaster spends a lot of time talking about itself. So it came as no surprise on Monday when ABC News reported that it had received a new label on Twitter branding the broadcaster as “government-funded media”. According to the ABC, the Twitter label is meant to provide additional context for accounts heavily [...]

Dire predictions of Liberal Party’s demise are nothing new

2023-04-14T09:07:11+10:008 April 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

For humans and other creatures, mortality is a fact of life (and death). Some institutions, however, exhibit indications of eternal life – for the moment at least. The Catholic Church and some monarchies come to mind, but even their future is far from clear. After the Liberal Party’s defeat at the Aston by-election in eastern [...]

Pesutto’s wronged target Moira Deeming exposes Liberal leadership malaise

2023-04-03T09:20:45+10:001 April 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Last Monday, John Pesutto, the leader of the Liberal Party in Victoria, was interviewed by ABC 7.30 presenter Sarah Ferguson for some eight minutes. It’s a rare occasion when a new state opposition leader gets such exposure on an influential national program. And it was a discussion of the friendly genre. Early on, Ferguson called [...]

Solution to ABC slump less bias, not more money

2023-03-27T09:20:58+11:0025 March 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Without question, the worst response by a business or organisation facing declining support is to engage in fraud. Followed by a (possibly unconscious) decision to throw the switch to denial. In recent weeks, both News Corp and Nine newspapers have been reporting the decline in ABC ratings, particularly with respect to radio. This followed the [...]

ABC staff poised to strike while the irony runs hot

2023-03-20T09:15:54+11:0018 March 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Former Australian Labor Party prime minister Paul Keating is highly intelligent, often thoughtful and occasionally very funny. Like all of us, he is adversely affected by the consequences of what Christians call The Fall. Namely, the imperfectability that pervades the human race. On Wednesday, Keating addressed the National Press Club in Canberra. Usually such appear­ances [...]

Labor also feels heat as Green vote rises in affluent city seats

2023-03-13T09:14:49+11:0011 March 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Since the May 2022 election, much political commentary has focused on the threat by teal independents to the Liberal Party. And for good reason. Teal independents hold seven seats that not so long ago had been safe or relatively safe Liberal seats in affluent suburbs, mostly close to the central business district – namely, North [...]

ABC staff poised to strike while the irony runs hot

2023-03-06T09:10:14+11:004 March 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

On Thursday came the news that ABC staff who were members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance would stop work between 2pm and 2.40pm (AEDT) next Tuesday, March 7. According to the report in Nine newspapers, members of the Community and Public Sector Union who work at the ABC will support their fellow toiling [...]

AUKUS the cream on top of historical foreign policy cake

2023-02-20T09:07:23+11:0018 February 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Over the decades since Federation in 1901, there have been differences on occasions between the Coalition and the Labor Party with respect to foreign policy. However, for the most part, Australian governments of whatever political flavour have pursued similar approaches. The reason for this is plain to see. Australia has a relatively small population located [...]

Dearth of political diversity exposes ABC echo chamber

2023-02-13T09:27:11+11:0011 February 2023|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The ABC has a communications department that frequently fails to communicate. Along with a complaints outfit that rejects the overwhelming majority of complaints received. Many journalists, who dish out criticism of others, are oh-so-sensitive when on the receiving end. Such individuals thrive within the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster where bureaucratic structures have been established to protect [...]

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