On 14 February 2018, Andrew Hastie, member for Canning and Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee for Intelligence and Security, penned an opinion piece for The Australian titled ‘Iranian slander against Israel goes unchallenged on ABC.’1 The article relates to an interview the ABC’s Fran Kelly conducted with Mohammad Marandi, a Professor of North American Studies at the University of Tehran, on the Israeli airstrikes on Syria (occurred 11 Feb 2018).2 Hastie’s main point is to criticise the ABC for only interviewing Marandi on the topic, airing ‘no counter-argument,’ and failing to have ‘fair and balanced reporting.’3 Throughout the article Hastie makes it clear he is no fan of Marandi or Iran. Likewise, he makes it clear he is a fan of Australia’s close and growing relations with Israel, perhaps indicating he is not unbiased himself.
- https://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/iranian-slander-against-israel-goes-unchallenged-on-abc/news-story/9b4e06fc26d2826e04f4e9c8738f6af3 ↩
- http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/israel-launches-airstrikes-iran-syria/9421448 ↩
- Note this follows recent Australian Liberal Party attacks on the ABC ↩