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ABC declines to reveal how much it spends defending defamation cases

The ABC has declined to provide a figure for how much taxpayer funds are used to defend defamation cases each year, despite racking up a $780,000 bill in a matter of months defending its Christian Porter coverage.

Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton said a core problem with the ABC was the “extremely opaque” way it spends taxpayer funds.

“This is the real problem with the ABC,” he said.

“It is extremely opaque when it comes to how it uses taxpayer dollars to defend journalism that never should have been published in the first place.

“It took a senate hearing to extract the cost of the Porter debacle from the ABC and there appears to be no accountability for how often taxpayer funds are wasted in this way.

“There was no need to rush to publish the Porter allegations and in my opinion Milligan should have had more evidence before airing allegations she knew were unprovable.”

Despite the enormous toll on the public purse, the ABC declined to respond to questions from Sky News Australia asking for an annual breakdown of total legal fees paid by the national broadcaster.

The ABC has declined to provide a figure for how much taxpayer funds are used to defend defamation cases each year, despite racking up a $780,000 bill in a matter of months defending its Christian Porter coverage.

Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton said a core problem with the ABC was the “extremely opaque” way it spends taxpayer funds.

“This is the real problem with the ABC,” he said.

“It is extremely opaque when it comes to how it uses taxpayer dollars to defend journalism that never should have been published in the first place.

“It took a senate hearing to extract the cost of the Porter debacle from the ABC and there appears to be no accountability for how often taxpayer funds are wasted in this way.

“There was no need to rush to publish the Porter allegations and in my opinion Milligan should have had more evidence before airing allegations she knew were unprovable.”

Despite the enormous toll on the public purse, the ABC declined to respond to questions from Sky News Australia asking for an annual breakdown of total legal fees paid by the national broadcaster.

The ABC has declined to provide a figure for how much taxpayer funds are used to defend defamation cases each year, despite racking up a $780,000 bill in a matter of months defending its Christian Porter coverage.

Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton said a core problem with the ABC was the “extremely opaque” way it spends taxpayer funds.

“This is the real problem with the ABC,” he said.

“It is extremely opaque when it comes to how it uses taxpayer dollars to defend journalism that never should have been published in the first place.

“It took a senate hearing to extract the cost of the Porter debacle from the ABC and there appears to be no accountability for how often taxpayer funds are wasted in this way.

“There was no need to rush to publish the Porter allegations and in my opinion Milligan should have had more evidence before airing allegations she knew were unprovable.”

Despite the enormous toll on the public purse, the ABC declined to respond to questions from Sky News Australia asking for an annual breakdown of total legal fees paid by the national broadcaster.

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