May 05, 2004 | Jeff Wall

Professor Flint hangs on – at enormous risk to his supporters

THE fact that Professor David Flint has an elevated view of his own importance, and integrity, has no doubt contributed to his determination to hang on to his position as Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
The Professor may not know this, but the longer he hangs on in the face of overwhelming evidence that his continued tenure is indefensible, then the greater risk he is to his principal defenders, notably the Federal Government, and the Prime Minister in particular.
I have listened very carefully to the criticism John Laws has made of the ABA Chairman over the last week. If the Federal Government’s media monitors and minders have not “got the message” from what Laws has been saying, and saying time and time again, then they doing their employers a considerable disservice.
John Laws has clearly decided he can attack Professor Flint without limit or discretion. He clearly knows, or believes, that there are more damaging revelations to come.
Indeed, he continues to drop hardly disguised hints that more will be revealed.
The closer any revelation is to the federal election, then the greater the damage will be to the political party Professor Flint belongs to and the Prime Minister he admires.
One can only come to the conclusion that not only does Professor Flint have an elevated view of his own importance and integrity, he lives in an unreal world, or possesses an extraordinary arrogance – or both.
Last week he was forced to stand aside from yet another ABA inquiry. One must seriously question what ABA inquiry he could responsibly sit on?
Professor Flint must go. He will not go voluntarily.
The Government has a duty to the broadcast industry – a powerful force in the community – that its regulator is beyond reproach.
It is time for the Government to do its duty.

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  1. On that basis then I hope he remains in that position through the coming election. The more damage he can do to the Federal Liberal party and the monarchist movement, the better.
    I’m not being too partisan am I?

    Comment by matt byrne — May 5, 2004 @ 11:05 am

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