Liberal-led Senate inquiry into ABC and SBS abandoned – The Guardian

Posted: June 5, 2022 at 2:45 am

A Liberal-led parliamentary inquiry into the complaints handling processes of the ABC and SBS will not go ahead.

The environment and communications Senate committee officially dropped its inquiry on Thursday after the completion of an independent review of the procedures.

The inquiry into the public broadcasters was suspended in November last year after the independent review was announced.

Ita Buttrose, chair of the ABC, had previously described the Senate inquiry as an act of political interference designed to intimidate.

The Greens also condemned it as a partisan attempt to undermine the ABCs independence.

The committees chairman, Liberal senator Andrew Bragg, wrote in a brief report tabled in parliament on Thursday that the ABC board had released details of its independent review on 17 May, which included the creation of a new position of ABC ombudsman.

As a result of the ABC board adopting all of the review recommendations, and in particular the board agreeing to the establishment of an ABC ombudsman appointed by, and reporting to, the board, the committee has decided not to proceed with its inquiry, he wrote.

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