Photo Courtesy: Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s Facebook page.
The ABC has released a statement defending presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who came under-fire after publishing a Facebook post stating ANZAC Day should be spent thinking about detainees on Manus Island, instead of the Diggers who fought for Australia.
The post, which has since been deleted in place of an apology, read: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine).”
One Nation’s Pauline Hanson said she was “disgusted” by the post.
“Yesterday means so much to all Australians,” she said.
“She has no understanding, no idea.
“The federal government has paid her to travel the world, I think to promote her book, she just wouldn’t have a clue.
“She has done her dash with most Australians who will never forget her comments.”
These comments were echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
“It starts to become a sense that the culture of the ABC is in some instances at odds with the culture of Australia,” he said.
“You can’t just have one of your paid presenters making a statement like that when you have other people out there representing their grandparents, their parents … who have lost fathers, who have lost people close in their lives, who have people at risk fighting for the nation.”
Liberal National Party backbencher George Christiansen tweeted: “Yasmin [sic] should no longer on the public broadcaster’s tax-funded payroll. Self-deportation should also be considered”.
The Australian Broadcaster refused to condemn the presenter, despite these calls to sack her from the public as well as Members of Parliament.
“Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country,” the statement read.
“When presenting for the ABC she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies.
“Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC.
“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.”
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