ABC faces wage laws

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE ABC has re­fused to re­veal what its stars are paid, ef­fec­tively chal­leng­ing the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment to force it do so by pass­ing new laws.

ABC chair­man Justin Milne yes­ter­day re­jected a re­quest from Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field to re­veal which broad­cast­ers and jour­nal­ists were be­ing paid more than $200,000.

He said the “oner­ous” salary dis­clo­sure rules would breach pri­vacy laws and make it hard for the ABC to keep its on-air tal­ent.

Se­na­tor Fi­field said the ABC’s de­ci­sion meant the gov­ern­ment would in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion to com­pel the broad­caster to re­veal the pay in­for­ma­tion, al­though it faces an up­hill bat­tle to pass the laws in the Se­nate.

“The gov­ern­ment de­cided that greater trans­parency of ex­pen­di­ture by the pub­lic broad­cast­ers was war­ranted,” Se­na­tor Fi­field said.

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