The ABC’s top executives have been holding talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison this afternoon to discuss federal police raids on the national broadcaster while protests have been planned outside Communications Minister’s office.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi said he was open to voting for an inquiry into this month’s media raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist’s home but did not want it to become a political exercise and while he saw nothing wrong with such an inquiry would want to see the arguments for and against one.
The raids have prompted Labor to call for a review of press freedom protections but former whistleblower Allan Kessing says the promise is hypocritical.
He was convicted after exposing Australian Customs corruption at Sydney Airport back in 2002.
Mr Kessing told 2GB’s Alan Jones the Labor Party never followed through on its promise of support, “None whatsoever. In fact, in the 2007 election Kevin Rudd actually mentioned me by name and promised that there would be reform to the whistleblower laws and a pardon would be considered. And neither of which happened.”