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Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push

19 Jun 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

It was a photo finish that brought the Premier back in to Parliament today, to confirm that he had actually been in the room when the Liberal Party Council voted to sell the ABC last weekend.

In Question Time earlier, the Premier told Parliament he wasn’t even in the room when the vote was taken.  That was just before an image of Will Hodgman sitting in the Council, while Senator Abetz clapped, was posted on social media.

If the picture hadn’t surfaced, would the Premier have corrected the record?

The bottom line is that Will Hodgman was inside the room when the motion to sell the ABC got up and the Tasmanian delegation erupted in applause.  The fact is, he did not speak against the move and apparently didn’t care enough to pay attention during the debate.

The only conclusion to draw is that the Premier does not oppose the sale of the public broadcaster.

It is a hallmark of authoritarianism to attack and shut down the free press.

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