ABC boss’s potential redundancy gaming requires investigation

The revelation at Senate Estimates tonight that the acting Managing Director of the ABC, Mr David Anderson, discussed with the former Managing Director a redundancy is troubling according to Senator Abetz.

Under questioning from Senator Abetz, Mr Anderson confirmed that he both had a discussion with Ms Guthrie and that such a redundancy would have happened without any change to his position.

“This revelation tonight where it appears Mr Anderson may have sought to game the system to get a redundancy where no redundancy would have existed is highly concerning,” Senator Abetz said.

“This is extremely troubling and inappropriate conduct which brings into question Mr Anderson’s judgement and fitness to continue in the substantiative Managing Director’s role.”

“As someone with decades of employment at the ABC who was on an executive salary, a redundancy payout could have been well over a quarter of a million dollars.”

“At a time when the ABC is again seeking more money from taxpayers, it is of concern that the most senior ABC employee may have tried to take such a significant payout,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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