The founder of the News Corp media empire is fed up with stalemate in the Australian Senate, but his calls for change have been met with skepticism.
Rupert Murdoch took to social media on Wednesday to express his disappointment with the ‘corrupt’ Labor and the ‘extreme’ Greens, describing the political climate as “almost ungovernable”.
“Country almost ungovernable with any Senate majority impossible for either side to execute,” Mr Murdoch wrote on Twitter.
He reaffirmed his support for the PM and accused the opposition of being beholden to ‘violent’ unions.
Only hope is new poll with govt of all the talents ready to work together with clear mandate for reform, bringing in new, young able people
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 3, 2015
“Seems capture of federal Labor leadership by corrupt violent unions. Govt must push on with reforms for sake of all sides or hold snap poll,” he said.
“In spite of some blind spots, Abbott [by] far the best alternative. Principled and a fighter.”
But not everyone was in agreement with the newspaper mogul, including former Independent federal politician Tony Windsor.
“People have stopped listening to the rubbish you peddle. We love this country you deserted it,” he wrote.
Former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton was damning of the tweets: “It must be another Rupert Murdoch who told us the Iraq War would bring peace and democracy to the Middle East and oil at $20 a barrel”.
As the comments made waves, the former head of security for Murdoch’s UK News Corp branch was threatening to ‘tell all’ about his time at the company.
Former director of group security, Mark Hanna, was at the company during The News of the World phone hacking scandal and even attended the courtroom with News Corp staff.
In a video posted to YouTube, Hanna was scathing in his assessment of former editor and chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her return to News Limited.
“It is evident people are up-in-arms about her returning under the Murdoch umbrella… this is a two fingers up to the nation and to those that were victims to the company’s illegal activities,” he said.
“I am now standing up against all of those that sit back and treat us with contempt, the Murdoch’s and Brooks’ of the world.
“From the day I joined the company things were not right, from dealing with intrusive surveillance to unclear payments, having always been law-abiding and doing things by the book I aired my concerns to the relative management but was always told to ignore things.”
Murdoch was in Australia for the past month visiting several of his media outlets before heading back to the United States.
— Scott Ludlam (@SenatorLudlam) September 3, 2015
I dig it when @rupertmurdoch pokes his head out of the echo chamber and goes on a tweet binge. It’s like Groundhog Day for News Corp shills.
— ABC News Intern (@ABCnewsIntern) September 3, 2015