The man in charge of Australia’s broadcasting standards and called newspapers into question has dropped the F-bomb on national television.
Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra this afternoon when he dropped the expletive.
He was asked a question on what evidence existed that Australia was a “risk-free place to do business”.
“In terms of sovereign risk, I love the debate about sovereign risk,” he said.
“I have seen a new definition of sovereign risk, it’s assymetrical.
“If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk, but if a tax goes down that’s f***ing fantastic, excuse me, that is fantastic.”
While some of the audience laughed, Senator Conroy went on.
“The complete hypocrisy on this debate about sovereign risk is staggering. This is completely, completely a fictitious debate and I reject utterly these arguments about sovereign risk.”
Senator Conroy’s address on the national broadband network was broadcast live on ABC TV.
He dropped the F-word shortly before 1:30pm, before popular children’s show Meerkat Manor hit the screens.
The Victorian Senator, whose portfolio responsibilities did not change following Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ministerial reshuffle unveiled yesterday, has been a vocal critic of this newspaper.
He recently announced an independent inquiry into print and online media, which is ongoing.
Comment is being sought from Senator Conroy as to whether he regretted the slip-up.
The ABC’s Code of Practice states that M-rated programs – recommended for people aged over 15 years – may be shown between noon and 3pm on school days – when the National Press Club broadcast was shown.
“Generally, coarse language that is stronger, detailed or very aggressive should be infrequent, and not be gratuitous,” the ABC’s code says of the M-rating.
The code goes on to say that “coarse language . . . may form a legitimate part of reportage, debate, documentaries . . .”
A spokeswoman for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was not aware of any complaints having been made.
The ABC’s complaints process involves writing to its Audience and Consumer Affairs section. If viewers are dissatisfied or have received no response within 60 days, they may contact ACMA.
Source With Thanks – The Daily Telegraph