Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Party Conferences Throw Up Zany Ideas; Need to Reform Our Political Donations Rules

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Party Conferences Throw Up Zany Ideas; Need to Reform Our Political Donations Rules

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Byline: Colin Claridge

PARTY state conferences can be quite "interesting' affairs for those of us on the outside looking in.

I'm often bemused by some of the resolutions the rank and file come up with. It's probably a good thing to hold these gatherings as far from potential election dates as possible. It allows time for the public to forget some of the crazy ideas the party faithful want to become policy.

I wonder if some MPs and aspiring candidates lie awake at night after state conferences.

Take the recent NSW Liberal gathering. They hit upon the bright idea to sell off the ABC (and assumingly by association, SBS and NITV as well).

If that was to occur, it certainly points to just how irrelevant those city-based Libs regard we out here in the bush. They seem all up in arms about a perceived political bias in the ABC while ignoring the fact that the national broadcasters service regional Australia to the extent that the commercial media wouldn't. It just would never be profitable for them.

Any privatisation of these services would therefore result in the same thing we've seen in other areas: a rapid deterioration of services to the regions and those of us of non-English descent. Goodbye to superb Scandinavian drama and hello more Americanised garbage.

Personally, I've detected no overt bias by the ABC. Bias is often an accusation levelled by politicians who don't like being scrutinised. Frankly, it's quite refreshing that Australia has government-funded media that hasn't been turned into a government mouthpiece.

The LNP also recently held their state conference. And the things that came out of that appear to be that a few blokes in suits refuse to move on and embrace the future and accountability.

Is it not a little odd that not that long ago, the LNP was basically selling off anything that moved and now the rank and file want their MPs to commit to public money being used to build coal-fired power stations? …

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