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Greens spell out ABC inquiry details

A Senate inquiry into the ABC should closely examine claims of political interference in the national broadcaster, say the Australian Greens.

The Greens will seek Labor, government and crossbench support in parliament for the inquiry, which was triggered by the sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, former ABC board chair Justin Milne and the ABC board would be asked to front the inquiry, which would report by March 29 next year.

Releasing the proposed terms of reference, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the inquiry should seek to establish whether there was political interference in Ms Guthrie’s sacking, the conduct of the chair and board, the workings of the board itself and interference in editorial decision making.

As well it would examine ways to strengthen the ABC’s editorial independence.

“We know something has gone terribly wrong at a board level at the ABC,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“While dedicated staff and journalists continue doing their jobs, senators across party lines also need to rise above the politics and get to the bottom of what is going on with the ABC.”

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