The questions raised by Mr Akerman on Insiders on Sunday about sexuality of the Prime Minister's partner were offensive and disrespectful to the office of the Prime Minister. The ABC is a publicly funded institution and, as such, should host paid commentators, columnists and guests who benefit the public interest; and who fit within the broad mission of the ABC. It is important that the ABC adheres to its Code of Practice (revised this year).
Most relevant are:
6.1 Intrusion into a person’s private life without consent must be justified in the public interest and the extent of the intrusion must be limited to what is proportionate in the circumstances.
Section 7.7 : Avoid the unjustified use of stereotypes or discriminatory content that could reasonably be interpreted as condoning or encouraging prejudice.
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