Justin Milne Resigned - Prime Minister Morrison Recommends Dr Kirstin Ferguson For The Chair Of ABC

  • Sep 28, 2018 AEST
  • Team Kalkine
Justin Milne Resigned - Prime Minister Morrison Recommends Dr Kirstin Ferguson For The Chair Of ABC
After facing dual inquiry for being accused of political interferences, ABC Ex Chairman Justin Milne eventually resigned on Thursday. His resignation has brought Dr Kirstin Ferguson into the role of acting chair on the recommendation of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. When Labor and the Green dominated Senate called-out for the complete replacement of Board, acting chair Dr Ferguson backed ABC Board, stating that board has always been acting in the best interests of ABC and if anyone is willing to put the best interest of the ABC forward then sacking the board is not the right decision now. This morning Prime Minister Morrison said he has recommended Dr Kirstin Ferguson to the Governor-General for the Chair position of ABC Board in the replacement of Mr Milne. Dr Ferguson has been the part of ABC Board since 2015 and has the experience on the board of ASX100 and ASX200 along with many private company and government boards. Building on the litany of reports accusing Mr Justin Milne for sharing close relation with Australia’s former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and substantially impacting the editorial independence of ABC, Dr Ferguson said she would not have the same problem. She said Mr Milne had close ties with coalition government but since Dr Ferguson share no relationship with the government she remains focused on ABC.  In respect to the recommendation that Dr Ferguson should take the helm of ABC, opposition frontbencher Anthony Albanese stated that Labor and the Green hopes that “due diligence has been done.” He added that Labor would start a Senate investigation into the board in which board members are expected to be called for. Addressing to the outrage among ABC staff, Dr Ferguson assured the employees that they have the complete backing of the board to put forward the ABC independence first, having no threat of political interference.

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