Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The ABC's Chris Uhlmann: the first right is the right to life!

I almost fell out of my chair last night when the ABC's Chris Uhlmann, co-host of the ABC's 7.30 Report, mentioned the right to life in the context of asylum seekers.

Uhlmann was questioning Opposition Spokesman Scott Morrison on the Opposition's refusal to cooperate with the Government to allow offshore processing, and questioning how they could continue to resist when lives were at stake given the series of tragic shipwrecks of asylum seeker boats:

Uhlmann: "And you knocked back a government measure which would have allowed offshore processing?

Morrison: We more than did just that, we made it clear to the Government over many months why we believed that the Malaysian policy is a failure, and it has been a policy failure.

Uhlmann: Because you're concerned about people's human rights?  And surely the foremost right is the right to life?"

Wow!

Uhlmann does of course have good pro-life credentials - he once ran for parliament as part of an independent group on a pro-life ticket.

All the same, good to see that the 'Green-stalinist lumpenintelligentsia from Balmain-Glebe' don't always win over at our ABC.

And that journalists can occasionally use their positions to stand up for the good.

2 comments:

A Canberra Observer said...

he cetainly used say some pretty good things when he was one of the breakfast hosts in Canberra. And seemed to regularly chuck in little allusions to saint's days and so forth. So, like the old testament perhaps the ABC is being spared by "one or two good men" >:-o

Anonymous said...

He is also a former seminarian.