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ABC bosses blasted about host RN's election night tweet

By Lisa Visentin

Adding to the hive of activity at the Parliament Buildings, ABC boss David Anderson was hounded at a Senate forecast overflow hearing this morning.

Among the issues the Coalition senators are pursuing is this tweet by ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas featuring a selfie with Linda Burney, now Minister for Indigenous Australia, on the eve of Labor's election win.

Anderson said he interpreted the tweet as Karvelas "fighting for individuals as opposed to political parties" and that it did not violate ABC policy.

“The Uluru Hashtag statement from the Heart, arguably supports that [cause]. Again, I prefer that I don't know where people stand on anything political. But I don't see it as something I need to take action on."

He added: “I don't see it as a violation of what we do for the code of ethics and personal use of social media. If someone fights for a political party, then yes, that is problematic, but I don't see it as undermining his ability to be an impartial journalist in the future."

Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson, Coalition communications spokeswoman, pressed Anderson that the tweets demonstrated "inherent bias".

It drives this exchange:

Anderson: No, I think it shows he's a fan. I don't think that suggests that there is any political bias at all.

Henderson: So he's a Linda Burney fan, but no bias? Come on Mr. Anderson, really.

Anderson: I don't think there's any bias against Linda Burney. I think he thinks a lot about it as an individual because he probably thinks a lot about people no matter what political party they belong to. This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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