There are a number of things that make Tony Abbott froth at the mouth: (amongst other things) terrorists, asylum seekers, and of course, the ABC. So when you put the ABC and terrorists together, Tony goes into mouth-froth overdrive.
The Age has reported that: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched a blistering attack on the ABC’s Q&A program, asking “whose side are you on” after an Australian man convicted of threatening Commonwealth officials appeared on the program Former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah confronted Zaky Mallah live on air on Monday night, complaining that he could have had his citizenship stripped under proposed changes to the Act.
However, it appears that the commercial channel is going to give Zaky Mallah a time where he faces tough questioning from Waleed Aly on Ten’s The Project after appearing to urge Australian Muslims to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State on ABC’s Q&A.
Abbott maintains that Australians have been let down by the ABC in allowing Mallah to appear. There are a couple of things about this quite senseless claim.
The first is that most Australians don’t watch the ABC, let alone Q&A. The second point is that people who do watch Q&A tend to be those with an interest in current affairs and presumably with the intelligence to make decisions about the opinions being voiced on the programme.
Many Q&A viewers will think that allowing him to appear on the programme allowed Australians to see what a flesh and blood terrorist. The highly unlikely that anyone was converted to carers as a result of this appearance.
This Australian at least, a dual nationality one at that, finds having The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bonwyn Bishop, appear on Q&A and launch a party political and partisan attack on Gillian Triggs far more repugnant than having Zaky Mallah appear.
It’s ironic that Tony Abbott accuses the ABC of using its institutional position to promote the view of its left-wing/terrorist mates, while the Speaker of the House of Representatives has made it quite clear that she will promote the the office of the House of Representatives to promote the political interests of her right-wing mates.