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Email from ABC staffer applauds violence against Tony Abbott - "Good"

Mr Abbott said the incident showed an “ugly and partisan mindset” at the national broadcaster. “It’s not ‘our’ ABC if some of its staff are oblivious to violence against people they don’t like. It’s pretty hard for the ‘love is love’ brigade to be taken seriously when there’s not much love shown to people who don’t agree with them,”

 

‘Good’: ABC staffer applauds alleged assault on Abbott

Tony Abbott speaks to media today after being allegedly headbutted by a man in Hobart. Circled is Mr Abbott’s injured lip. Photo: AAP
Tony Abbott speaks to media today after being allegedly headbutted by a man in Hobart. Circled is Mr Abbott’s injured lip. Photo: AAP

An ABC employee has welcomed the alleged assault of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an email to colleagues.

The staffer wrote to colleagues that it was “good” that the former prime minister had been allegedly headbutted by a man seen wearing a same-sex marriage badge in Hobart.

The Australian has been told that the employee works as a sound engineer and has recently been unwell.

At 8.12pm on Thursday, after Mr Abbott had been on Sky News and 2GB to detail the incident, Jason Om, a producer and presenter for ABC News 24 and News Breakfast, prepared a report on the incident in Hobart and emailed a summary to news staff.

“Tony Abbott has told 2GB he was subjected to a ‘Liverpool kiss’ in Hobart by a man who supported same sex marriage.” the summary read.

The staff member replied “Good” less than a minute later.

An ABC spokesperson said: “The email was unacceptable and the staff member in question, who is a technical operator and not a journalist, has been counselled.

“It was a one-word lapse in judgment by one person rather than a general reflection of the entire ABC.”

Today, a 38-year-old man was charged after the alleged incident on the Hobart waterfront. The North Hobart man was charged with common assault, granted bail and is expected to appear in court on October 23.

The incident occurred between the office of The Mercury newspaper and nearby Customs House Hotel at Salamanca Place.

Mr Abbott said the incident showed an “ugly and partisan mindset” at the national broadcaster. “It’s not ‘our’ ABC if some of its staff are oblivious to violence against people they don’t like. It’s pretty hard for the ‘love is love’ brigade to be taken seriously when there’s not much love shown to people who don’t agree with them,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

The ABC has issued a directive to staff asking them not to take sides in the same-sex marriage debate.

The Australian has approached the ABC for a comment.

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