Victoria Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson says the ABC’s complaints process is “fundamentally flawed”.
It comes as a Senate inquiry has been launched into the process, following numerous examples of complaints against ABC programs – ultimately being referred to journalists involved in the same programs.
“I’m not sure that it’s going to fix all the ABC’s problems, and that is because the ABC has many problems,” Ms Henderson told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
“But certainly the complaints process is flawed, and it’s been flawed for a very long time.”
She said the Australian Communications and Media Authority “has no jurisdiction” so the ABC’s licence is “never at peril if it doesn’t do the right thing”.
“And of course its own unit investigates its selves, its other journalists and other programs.
“So it is fundamentally flawed.”