ABC faces wage laws
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.