The ABC is an important educator


GIPPSLAND MHR Darren Chester was being more than a little disingenuous in his comments last week.

The ABC is not just an emergency and news network.

It is an educative network.

The corporate-private media only serves to multiply and compound ignorance through its self-serving pap, celebrity drivel and distractive diatribes.

As for Australia’s national debt, Mr Chester should dispense with the hyperbole and state the facts Australia’s debt as a percentage of GDP is one of the lowest in the world.

It is way below that of the United States ($18 trillion), the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel and New Zealand (see Wikipedia).

Australia’s so-called debt was reduced under John Howard’s regime through brutal cutbacks to public services, privatization of public assets, the GST (a tax on the poor), the fire sale of Australia’s gold reserves and wage freezes for those at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Rudd-Gillard government (and I didn’t vote for them) had to steer Australia through the global financial crisis, the biggest financial meltdown since the great depression.

The GFC was created by the same economic policies that now infest and pervade both sides of politics.

How does one find this information?

Certainly not from the corporate media.

The ABC, through its fair and rigorous questioning of the status quo, is a thorn in the side of economic conservatives and the media barons.

Once upon a time every Australian was a shareholder in our household energy supplies, our education system and our health system.

That is either all gone or under threat because of successive governments pandering to the privatisation and corporatisation of our common-wealth.

Perhaps Mr Chester should cast his critical eye over his own area of interest.

The $30 billion defence budget always seems to be sacrosanct when it comes to “hard decisions”.

We always seem to have enough money for more killing machines.