Leadership

The Problem With ‘Babe’ Behaviour

As ABC chairman Justin Milne resigns following allegations of political interference, claims he called female staff 'babe' and 'chicks' contribute to the fallout.

By Lara Robertson

Leadership

As ABC chairman Justin Milne resigns following allegations of political interference, claims he called female staff 'babe' and 'chicks' contribute to the fallout.

By Lara Robertson

ABC chairman Justin Milne has resigned today following allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster. Adding growing pressure to the fallout were claims he inappropriately addressed his female colleagues, using patronising language such as “chicks” and “babes”.

Earlier this morning, Fairfax reported the relationship breakdown between Milne and former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie – who was sacked on Monday – may have been exacerbated by Milne’s alleged use of over-familiar language. Milne is alleged to have referred to Guthrie as “the missus” in front of staff. A media executive also claims that Milne referred to female staff as “chicks” and “babes”. Milne has not addressed the claims, but denied allegations of political interference.

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