Jun 29 2015
Katter Australia Party Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today expressed concern at the direction of our National Broadcaster’s reporting and the Governments’ immigration policies, following ABC’s Q&A program aired on Monday.
The ABC are being reported as saying it was an ‘error in judgement’ to allow Zaky Mallah, a man who is reported as being acquitted on terror charges but was jailed for almost two years for threatening to kill an ASIO officer; to question the panel on the Q&A program.
Mr Katter also took aim at the ABC’s previous role in the closing of the Live Export Trade to Indonesia, following a story on 4 Corners.
“The ABC program 4 Corners were not content to destroy the cattle industry once, they went back and did it a second time. The program was driven by extreme elements of the animal welfare movement.
“They have now gone into even more dubious areas, but you do not promote the views of the self-proclaimed modern day fascists, using that word with forethought.
“This sort of person advocates violence and mixes with groups that carry the violence out.
“To allow the tax-payer paid for organisation to be used as a platform for the airing of his extraordinary views is totally unacceptable,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter criticised successive Governments for their free market ideology which is now permeating into immigration policies; and the ABC for not giving a platform for the voice of the free-trade fundamentalist opposition to be heard.
“The government continues to bring in the free market polices which have already destroyed agriculture and small business in this country. The ABC never provided the market fundamentalist opponents with a platform – clearly they do not think this is important enough.
“The hypocrisy by the government on this issue is towering. They are bringing in over 100,000 people from countries that have continuously spawned terrorism. And the ABC promoting the influence of such mal-contents should be condemned.
“The governments bringing 600,000 people a year into an economy that cannot even supply 200,000 jobs a year to its own 200,000 school leavers.
“This is applying the same free-market fundamentalism and exposing Australians to the sort of incidents which occurred in Martin Place in Sydney,” Mr Katter said.
“The people owned National Broadcaster is giving a platform to air radical fundamentalist views.
“It should be remembered that transportation in Australia was created by Afghan people, our revered pioneers. But it is a lot different the sort of person that is coming to Australia today, than those great pioneers,” Mr Katter said.by