Warren Mundine leaves the board of SBS, stating that his other roles meant he could not “provide the time”

Warren Mundine leaves the board of SBS, stating that his other roles meant he could not “provide the time”

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Failed liberal candidate Warren Mundine stepped down from SBS’s board of directors after two years in a five-year term during which he was cautioned by the multicultural broadcaster for social media comments “not in line with SBS values” .

SBS confirmed that Mundine had resigned early, citing his other professional and personal commitments.

“Warren Mundine has been an invaluable member of the SBS board of directors since he joined the SBS board of directors in October 2020,” SBS chairman George Savvides said Thursday.

“We understand the reasons for his decision, as he has other important business and personal commitments, and on behalf of the board of directors of SBS and the organization I thank him for his service.”

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Mundine told Guardian Australia: “It became apparent that as my businesses were growing, I could not provide the time for a director to commit to SBS.”

Communications minister Michelle Rowland when the opposition called on the Coalition to consider removing Mundine from the board after making a series of controversial comments including calling reporter Ben Eltham a “pussy” on Twitter.

Mundine was not recommended as a director by the independent nominations panel, but rather was carefully chosen by the Morrison government.

After being named in October 2020, Mundine called Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, “a complete asshole”, a “fool” and a “complete fuck” on social media.

The SBS board asked Mundine to delete the tweet and said it violated the board’s code of conduct and was not in line with the issuer’s values.

An SBS spokesperson said last year: “The comment made by Mundine is not in line with SBS values, does not adhere to our policies and is inconsistent with the expectations that apply to our staff or the people with whom. we work “.

“The SBS board is expected to behave in accordance with the SBS code of conduct and Mr. Mundine has been reminded of his obligations as a member of the SBS board and has since deleted the tweet.”

Twelve months ago, Rowland wrote to then-Minister of Communications, Paul Fletcher, to ask why Mundine should not be removed by the Governor-General for misconduct under the SBS Act.

“Please confirm if you, as the responsible minister, are satisfied that Mundine’s performance meets the high standards expected by SBS board members,” Rowland said.

“Specifically, I am referring to Mr. Mundine’s conduct on Twitter that may discredit SBS and ask for your explanation as to why he should not be removed by the Governor General for misconduct in accordance with… the SBS Act. It is the duty of the SBS board to maintain the independence and integrity of the SBS. “

Rowland said Thursday that the SBS president had informed her of Mundine’s intention to step down from the board. “The minister thanks Mundine for serving him,” a spokesperson said.

The minister has promised to “revisit” the composition of the nomination panel of the boards of SBS and ABC to ensure the integrity of the nomination process.

Mundine ran unsuccessfully for the marginal seat of Gilmore’s coalition in 2019 after being chosen by Scott Morrison.

Previously he was national president of the Australian Labor Party, but left the ALP in 2012.

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