MEDIA RELEASE - LIBERAL FINGERPRINTS ON ABC CHAIR RECRUITMENT PROCESS - 25 OCTOBER 2018

Labor questioning at Senate Estimates this week revealed that the Morrison Government has appointed a Liberal-aligned recruitment firm to assist in selecting the next ABC Chair.

The Government ran a non-transparent, closed “select” tender process to select Korn Ferry, a US-based company with Liberal Party links.

The Head of Board Services Sydney at Korn Ferry, Robert Webster, was formerly a Minister in the NSW Liberal Greiner Government.

Mr Webster has also made significant donations to the Liberal Party, totalling more than $29,000 in the past 3 years, with $14,400 donated in 2016 and $15,375 donated in 2017.

Department officials justified the closed tender citing the urgent need to fill the position, which begs the question: why is this crucial selection process being rushed to suit a Morrison Government timeline?

This hasty process is yet another sign of the continued Liberal Government interference with the ABC, as Scott Morrison lurches from crisis to crisis.

Wherever you look, Liberal Government interference with the ABC is at play.  

The ABC needs a Chair who will provide the leadership needed to uphold the independence and integrity of the ABC.

It is crucial the ABC board appointments be, and be seen to be, independent. This Government just doesn't get it.

Australians cannot have confidence in Minister Fifield when it comes to the ABC’s independence. He cannot be trusted and must stand down.