Lambie attacks Senators over cuts to the ABC
INDEPENDENT Senator Jacqui Lambie has lashed out at Upper House colleagues and branded them a "disgusting bunch of individuals".
In a passionate speech in the Senate on Thursday, Ms Lambie hit out at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's plan to change the ABC charter and reveal the top salaries of its employees.
Senator Hanson will support the Government media laws, but only if separate legislation is introduced at a later date that focuses on the ABC.
She wants the words "fair" and "balanced" be part of the ABC's Charter, its commitment to regional areas, and power to reveal the salaries of its top broadcasters.
And that has Ms Lambie fired up.
"To go after the public broadcaster is an absolute disgrace, absolutely," she said today.
She accused the government of wanting to "go after our public broadcasters" because they were "one step ahead" of other media outlets when it came to social media platforms.
"You're going to punish them for that? The rest of them should have seen this coming 10 years ago - should have got up with the bloody program of the 21st century and they have got their hand out saying 'help us government'. This is crap."
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton earlier today said he hoped the Senate would support Ms Hanson's plan, reported the ABC.
"I hope there is support for it in the Senate because I do believe the taxpayers money spent at the ABC... there needs to be an account for that money.
If people are getting $600,000 to $700,000 to front some of the shows, you know, Barrie Cassidy, these people on Insiders, and they have the audacity to talk about Government expenditure elsewhere. I think they need to be held to account so I hope it has support in the Senate.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield says the investigation is not an attack on the ABC, and would instead enhance its work.