Sandra Sully Roasts Scott Morrison's 'How Good' Slogan In Spoof News Bulletin
'Australia is very good, and gooder than many estimates predicted', news anchor Sandra Sully reports as she satirises the PM's slogan.
Poking fun at the government and press freedom in Australia, Sully presented the spoof broadcast for satirical comedy show 'A Rational Fear'. The short clip is a series of "headlines approved by the Department of Communications" and presented in front of a new Aussie coat of arms featuring a kangaroo, emu and a football.
“The Royal Commission into 'How Good is Australia?' has found that Australia is very good, and gooder than many estimates predicted," Sully said, managing to keep a straight face.
"The Department of Fair Go agrees with the findings, saying that Aussies are getting fairer goes and more goes than ever before."
Through the short bulletin, made ahead of A Rational Fear's new show in Sydney on Thursday, Sully introduces a new national honour -- the QA, for the "most quiet Australian" -- and gives a sports update above the banner advising that "English dogs lie".
"Australia's cricket team are the best and they will win the ashes," she proudly exclaims, before adding "if any of the current XI want to see their loved ones again."
Then it's onto a climate change-themed weather update -- "despite what it looks like out of the window, it is fine and definitely average temperatures for this time of year. Certainly not way hotter than usual."
"That is all the approved news for now, in the greatest country in the world," Sully finishes.
"Can I have my puppy back please?"
A Rational Fear, spearheaded by satirist Dan Ilic, posted the hilarious clip on Twitter with the message that "AFP raids on journalists have had a chilling effect across the entire Australian media".
It comes after the federal police raided the home of a News Corp journalist and the Sydney headquarters of the ABC, in response to leaked classified information reported by the outlets.
The raids sparked fresh outrage and discussion of press freedom in Australia, spurring prominent social media demonstrations from journalists in opposition to the police crackdown, under the #JournalismIsNotACrime campaign.
On Friday, Australia’s Right To Know media industry lobbying group -- including a number of organisations including the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance union -- made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's inquiry into law enforcement's impact on press freedom.
The submission recommended a complete review of laws which inhibit press freedom, better protection for whistleblowers, and further enshrining the public's "right to know".
"Law reform is necessary and urgent," ATRK's submission read.
"The combined effect of more than a decade of laws that individually create a proliferation of ways in which journalists can be exposed to the threat of criminal charges for simply reporting uncomfortable or unpleasant realities is now a matter of serious national concern.
"For the most part, these laws have very little to do with national security and everything to do with the exercise of power and the desire to avoid scrutiny.”
"The right to free speech, a free media and access to information – in service of the public’s right to know – are fundamental to Australia’s modern democratic society: a society that prides itself on openness, responsibility and accountability."
Sully said she participated in the fake broadcast "because it’s an extremely serious and current issue that needs to be considered".
"Humour often has a unique way of cutting through to the nub of an issue and force an audience to look and see it differently if presented cheekily," she said.
"The recent Australian Federal Police raids on News Corp reporter Annika Smethurst and ABC journalist Dan Oakes are of major concern and have ramifications for press freedom and for whistleblower protection here in Australia.
"Whistleblowers are being intimidated and that’s just not right. We have a democracy to be proud of but one we must continue to fight for.
"We can’t let the bullies win."