Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg has called on the ABC to consider “pulling someone off Twitter” if one of their staff breaches the national broadcaster’s code.
It comes after an ABC investigation into an legal staffer who labelled Prime Minister a “fascist”, resulted in the staffer, Sebastian Maury, resigning.
The ABC’s Code of Conduct was introduced in February and mandates that its journalists comply to the standards when operating their personal social media accounts.
Mr Bragg asked ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, whether the broadcaster would consider “pulling someone off Twitter” if they breached the code.
“We can’t supersede someone’s civil liberties,” Mr Anderson said.
“But we do have a code of conduct that expects a certain behaviour from these people on what is their personal social media”.
Mr Bragg said the ABC should consider such action if its on-air and off-air staff blatantly breach the code.
“Surely one of the remedies you may have to consider as you roll out this code is to take people off Twitter if they are engaging in conduct which is against the code of conduct,” he said.
The managing director said there was not “an outcome here that is pulling someone off Twitter”.