Quality journalism and a 21st century ABC

By Mark Scott

Posted September 3, 2010 07:17:00

And now, a result would be nice.

Mark Scott is the Managing Director of the ABC. He delivered this speech at this year's Melbourne Writer's Festival

Tags: government-and-politics, elections, information-and-communication, broadcasting, abc, federal-elections, australia

Comments (98)

  • Ture Sjolander:

    03 Sep 2010 12:59:51pm

    I rather listen to George Formby than making a comment about your particle.
    As soon you have scrapped the obsolete Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act from the stone age of 1983 we can talk for a minute.
    After you have fired all this mavericks; Kerry O'Brien, Tony Jones and promised to sink the Flagship we can have a longer convo.
    ABC television is too British and it is certainly not reflecting the current population composition.
    ABC oppress the majority of Australians and force the multicultural population to assimilate a minority culture.
    It is ugly and scary tactics!

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....and Kevin Rudd will be back in the harness again on the second term as the leader of the pack.

It may work depending on if the three wise men at this point in time will stop watching ABC News or getting influenced by the rest of the Fourth Estate produced by a handful of journalistic maverick Australian "inbacks".

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Long Live the Democracy.

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Sep 04, 2010 6:16am EDT

Here is something intriguingly interesting:
MP's Katter, Oakshott, Windsor.

The three Australian Independents getting closer to present their findings and report who they gonna support, Coalition or the current Government the next day or so.
(See date at left side.)

Will they present it independently or as a group of Independent Politicians?

If each Independent, independently make his own presentation in different time and at a different place/space, shall be interesting to see.

If they make a presentation simultaneously at the very same venue/place in alphabetical name order shall be equally interesting to see.

The time frames are the most interesting thing.

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 The Governor General's choice

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"So what do we take from all this? Our democracy is fragile and relies heavily on conventions rather than strict enforceable rules. But equally such conventions make the system responsive to the political trends of the day. For Quentin Bryce, the conclusion is that any personal conflicts of interest are completely irrelevant and whilst she may be wise to accept Paul Kelly's advice, ultimately, she can do whatever she likes".

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  • Ture Sjolander :

    04 Sep 2010 11:41:13am

    So how will the three Independent finally present their findings?
    Together or will one of them have the last word?

      • Ture Sjolander :

        04 Sep 2010 6:12:44pm

        Let me be more precise: Will the 3 Independents present their findings and decisions independently at different times and different days, or as a group simultaneously in alphabetic name order at the same place/venue?
        I find my question intriguing but important, and subsequently want it dated as above.


        • dubious the third :

          02 Sep 2010 8:39:52pm

          HHmmmm and Betty will be in scotland next week too, according to The Palace.
          perhaps Ture Solandjer was right.

    • There are many permutations as to how the GG might act under a given set of circumstances if there are none that can come to her and advise that they can form a government with the support of the majority of the house.

      Given that however, Mike has got it essentially right and that is how the GG will in fact act.

      Having not seen Ture Sjolander's advice to the GG I cannot comment other than to say that his comment here appears to indicate that his request for the election to be postponed related to the likelihood of the parliament ending up as it has.

      If that is the case, I am glad the GG did not heed his advice. The advent of a hung parliament is common place around the world and I dare say this one won't be the last, especially if this parliament is able to last the distance with a range of reforms and good governance being the result.

      We await the outcome, of course, but we must be optimistic about the way Australia will be governed over the next three years, regardless of who eventually is supported by the house.

      • Ture Sjolander :

        02 Sep 2010 12:24:45pm

        Why would G-G take your "advice" when she did not take my advice of the 28 of July, widely published, to postpone the election.
        The reason given to her was very motivated and my prediction of the current "Stale-mate", Hung Parliament I publicly stated repeatedly even at an earlier date of 24 of July.

        Paul Kelly read it and so many more so called trusted people in Australia.


          • Trevor :

            02 Sep 2010 1:03:48pm

            This is a completely inappropriate reason to postpone an election. An election is for the direct purpose of choosing the members of Parliament. The 'stalemate' you talk about is in the indirect knock-on effect of choosing a Government.

            People seem terribly wedded to the idea that an election is where you vote for a Government. But legally it's completely incorrect thinking. You vote for a representative in Parliament for your electorate. I've seen no sign that this process failed - the Australian Electoral Commission hasn't said that there is going to be any part of the country left without an elected representative in the House of Representatives.

            • Leon :

              02 Sep 2010 3:08:15pm

              Why should a G-G be afraid of a hung parliament? Why are you afraid of one?
              If our political parties would loosen the yokes they have around their MPs necks we could have a real democracy with laws enacted according to the number of members in favour rather than 'party lines'. Why can we not walk a middle line between the pro-business conservatives (allegedly liberals) and less conservative pro-workers ex-socialists?

                • Ture Sjolander :

                  03 Sep 2010 10:54:40am

                  I'm afraid we made a loss of 50 million dollars of tax payers money because of a hasty election.

                    • Luke :

                      03 Sep 2010 1:39:08pm

                      By this logic, you could argue that we should never hold elections due to the cost to the public purse.
                      The hung parliament has been valuable not just for the reforms to process that look like being put in place, but also for the crash course being given to many Australians in understanding our democracy.

                      • Ture Sjolander :

                        03 Sep 2010 5:17:01pm

                        Remain to be seen!
                        Your words in my mouth do not fit in.(theirs and ours)

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