Michael Danby MHR

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Danby Raises Community Concerns with ABC Delegation

Federal Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby today met with senior ABC executives from Sydney and Canberra. The Parliament House Meeting followed the failure of ABC correspondent Tim Palmer and chief of ABC Foreign Correspondents Bronwen Kiely to adequately address concerns that Mr Danby had raised on behalf of the Jewish Community regarding unbalanced coverage of the Middle East on ABC Radio.

Those present at the meeting included ABC Director of Corporate Affairs, Geoff Crawford and Trevor Burns who is responsible for the ABC’s Government and Parliamentary Relations Unit. Discussions focused on the lack of serious response by ABC journalists to claims of unfair reportage of the current conflict in the Middle East.

The ABC representatives expressed their concern that as a Member of Parliament, Mr Danby’s queries had not been dealt within the guidelines established by the ABC’s editorial charter.

Mr Danby was informed both Palmer and Kiely should have referred his complaints to superiors within the ABC who have a procedure for dealing with such serious issues.

Mr Danby said, “I was very satisfied with the professional manner in which these leading ABC executives dealt with my concerns. I am confident that senior people in the ABC hierarchy will examine complaints regarding the ABC’s coverage of suicide bombings and the exaggeration of the now discredited claims of a “massacre” in Jenin.”

Mr Danby was encouraged to present Kirstin McLiesh, ABC Head of Audience and Consumer affairs, with the correspondence between himself and the ABC’s Jerusalem Correspondent Tim Palmer.

The ABC Delegation confirmed to Mr. Danby that Mr. Palmer is soon to be withdrawn from the Middle East. A possible meeting was then proposed between Mr Palmer’s replacement, Mark Willacy and the large Australia/Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group during a Parliamentary session.

Both Mr Danby and Mr Palmer have agreed that their correspondence can be made available for the public. Copies of this correspondence can be obtained by emailing Mr Danby’s staff on jason.feldman@aph.gov.au


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