ABC chair Ita Buttrose slapped the reporter after being asked about the broadcaster’s court battle with former AG Christian Porter.
ABC Chair Ita Buttrose has closed questions about Christian Porter’s defamation case against national broadcasters.
The former Attorney General filed a proceeding against ABC and its journalist Louise Milligan in March after an article was published online alleging that the “senior cabinet minister” had been accused of rape.
Batrose, who was talking about eye health at the National Press Club, was asked if he could present the story in a way that minimized the risk of taxpayer-funded proceedings.
“You’re not serious about that question, right?” Batrose responded.
“You know the case is in front of the court, and I simply can’t comment in either way.”
Porter, who strongly rejects the allegations, defeated himself as a minister accused at a public press conference before taking medical leave.
Despite being unnamed, his lawyer said, “This article has filed a complaint against the Senior Cabinet Minister and Attorney General, and for many Australians it is easy to file a complaint. I was able to identify it. “
Batrose also confirmed that ABC had not offered Mr Porter a settlement and was asked to explain why ABC was entitled to fight the proceedings to the end.
“I haven’t really commented on this case, it’s in front of the court,” she said.
“We did not file a proceeding. We defended. And that is as far as I can tell you.”
She also remained obsessed with a letter reportedly drafted by Communications Minister Paul Fletcher about political interference.
“Communications between the Minister and me are confidential, and communications between ABC and the government are usually confidential,” Batrose said.
“I replied to Minister Fletcher’s letter, and he and the department said they didn’t want to address the issue anymore, and that’s where it is now.”
Batrose said he did not expect a reduction in national broadcasters in the federal budget next week on Tuesday.
But she warned that if Australia went to polls, it could be different next year.
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