ABC Cuts Peter Dutton’s Rebuke of Its Reporter
The ABC News Channel cut from their live feed of Peter Dutton’s press conference in Alice Springs yesterday when he rebuked one of its reporters for a loaded question.
The reporter said “We have seen the SNAICC, which advocates for Indigenous children, come out and strongly reject your call for a royal commission into that. They have labelled it an uninformed approach. Why do you think those peak bodies are rejecting those calls by you and what evidence do you have that there is this so-called rampant child sexual abuse?”
Dutton responded “With respect, that’s such an ABC question. Do you live locally?” Then back at the ABC News studio in Ultimo presenter Joe O’Brien cut from the press conference “Okay we’ve got to leave that there because we are going to our break” This is despite the fact that the ABC doesn’t need to have scheduled breaks from programming because it doesn’t carry advertising as it is funded by taxpayers.
If ABC for some reason does not carry a live press conference in full on its news channel it will livestream it in its entirety on its YouTube channel. Peter Dutton’s Alice Springs press conference with Northern Territory CLP Senator Jacinta Price was not streamed on YouTube and there is no live reply.
But what has been published on the ABC News YouTube channel is a news report by Lee Robinson who is most likely the reporter whom Dutton rebuked. Robinson’s report features Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy urging Peter Dutton not to use Alice Springs as a political football, the Northern Territory’s Police Minister Kate Worden claiming that Dutton’s claim of high levels of child sexual abuse in Alice Springs is not able to be substantiated, and Catherine Liddle the CEO of SNAICC said there is no evidence to back up Peter Dutton’s claim.
The report featured about 10 seconds of Peter Dutton’s rebuke. His full response featured harrowing details of what community leaders in Alice Springs had told him is happening on the ground.
“(Police and social workers) have kids taking them back into homes where they’ve been sexually assaulted and six-year-olds grabbing onto their legs begging not to be left there. They’re the people who are on the front line. I don’t know what the academics are saying, I don’t know what the bureaucrats are saying, I can tell you though what the human experience is on the frontline and if the ABC don’t see fit to report that then frankly I think it reflects more on the ABC than it does on the locals here. And I don’t think you’re doing your job if you’re denying the reality of the circumstances on the ground.”
Part of Peter Dutton’s argument against the constitutionally enshrined Aboriginal Voice to Parliament is that it will be detached from the problems facing remote Aboriginal communities in Alice Springs and Central Australia.
The ABC issued a partial apology for a February report about an Alice Springs crime town hall meeting for implying that it was about white supremacy.
The ABC and other left-wing news outlets who support the voice have also eagerly reported about the Liberal MPs who are dissenting from the Liberal Party room position to campaign for no vote at the October referendum Julian Leeser and Bridget Archer.
Yesterday Archer the Federal Liberal Member for the Tasmanian seat of Bass retweeted the Guardian’s political editor Paul Karp’s posting an article link quoting NT Police Minister Kate Worden calling Dutton’s claims of Alice Springs child sexual abuse a ‘dog act’.
Dutton’s usual critics on Twitter are claiming Dutton’s alarm over child sexual abuse in Alice Springs reminds them of his alarm over Melbourne’s African Young Gang Crime Wave in 2018 where he claimed that Melbournians were too scared to go out at night because of gang crime.
Expect more ABC hit jobs on Peter Dutton and Liberals during their campaign against the voice from now until the referendum voting day. But we now see that Dutton is willing to call out the ABC’s bias and loaded questions and reports.