In response to renewed calls from conservatives to privatise the ABC, Tony Abbott has announced a compromise plan whereby the Coalition will instead nationalise The Australian newspaper.
“The ABC is a great institution and we have no plan to go down the path of privatisation,” said Mr Abbott.
“But I find it ridiculous that a national media outlet like The Australian is privately owned.”
“And what’s more, The Australian is owned by an American, Rupert Murdoch. It should be owned by the Australian people.”
Under the Abbott proposal, The Australian will be purchased from News Limited for its cover price of $2.20, with all its future operations being subsidised by public money, just like the ABC.
“What Australia needs is a publicly-funded, right-leaning voice,” said Mr Abbott.
“Rather than constantly wrestling with perceived bias within the ABC, the sensible option is to allow for taxpayers to fund The Australian too.”
A spokesman for News Limited welcomed the proposal.
“We’ve been supporting a Coalition government for the last six years so it’s only fair that they should finally start supporting us in return.”
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