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5 August, 2004  
To Fruity from Dunny

Three of Alan Jones “love” letters to David Flint have been sent to Justinian. These epistles were part of the correspondence that was never disclosed to the ABA by Flint. Of course, the letters show Jones at his most sanctimonious. Read them and cringe.


At last. Three of Alan (“Dunny”) Jones’ letters to David Flint have been sent to Justinian. It is the first time we’ve seen Jones’ response to Flint’s stream of fawning epistles correspondence that the chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority conspicuously failed to disclose before commencing to sit on Cash for Comment inquiry in 1999.

True to form, Jones is at his sanctimonious best. He shares with Flint the view that their critics are driven by envy of their success.

According to Dunny, these opponents are “on the run”, but it’s “absolutely essential that we don’t give them any more breathing space”.

Such was the mutual basting of egos that one can appreciate why Jones lobbied for Fruity Flint’s reappointment.

The correspondence is on 2UE letterhead. Conspiracies, insecurities and drivel abound. Enjoy.

image3 December 1997

Professor David Flint
Chairman
Australian Broadcasting Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

Dear David,

Thank you for your note and for sending me the copy of your speech. I’m just acknowledging it prior to reading. However, your reference to that ogre on the ABC most probably gives him a notoriety to which he certainly isn’t entitled.

David, his career is best summed up by saying that he is a failed broadcaster. The ABC, at taxpayers’ expense has room for such people. In the world of spending your own money, the bloke wouldn’t be able to find a job.

And thank you for demonstrating a rare understanding of the democracy of talkback radio.

Keep at it David. I think they are on the run, otherwise they wouldn’t be so defensive in their behaviour.

With best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

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Alan Jones

2 June 1999

Professor David Flint
Chairman
Australian Broadcasting Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

Dear David,

Thank you for your note, and thank you for sending me the presentation to the Sydney Institute. I can’t pretend that I’ve read everything that you wrote, but I shall. That’s the only way one can learn! However, I was surprised at your reference to me.

I’m interested in your observation that “in some circles you will be greeted with at least polite silence and, more likely outraged disapproval ” David, you must be moving in the circles of the media! They just hate people who’ve had success or who can attract an audience far greater than their own. I just say things as I see them and work very hard at putting my ideas together. The fact that we seem to have some success is most probably the biggest problem I have!

However, we keep at it. Sometimes I wonder why. Thank you for writing to me.

With best wishes,

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Alan Jones

22 June 1999

Professor David Flint
Chairman
Australian Broadcasting Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

Dear David,

Thank for your kind and generous note. I do understand what you’re saying. Mind you, much of all of this is informed by jealousy. Some of these people thought that they were going to “call the shots” for years to come. They’ve had the rug pulled out from under them. It’s absolutely essential that we don’t give them any more breathing space. I don’t frighten easily!

I really appreciated the fact that you’d take the trouble to write.

With best wishes,

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Alan Jones