August 09, 2006
Let's try a thought experiment. Oh, wait, we don't need to:
On the Sunday Arts program, host Helen Razer was interviewing film director Bob Weis about his documentary Women of the Sun — 25 Years Later, charting the stories of Aboriginal women.What a good question.
Razer noted the film compared his family's history as Holocaust survivors to the contemporary situation of Aborigines in Australia.
Weis said he would like to make one more "conceptual leap", to which Razer replied "be my guest".
Indigenous actress Justine Saunders sat beside Weis and encouraged him as he said: "That while David Irving — the Holocaust denier — sits in prison … ", before he was cut off.
Mr Weis said yesterday he uttered the words "… the Australian Government …", but that did not go to air.
Razer hit the dump button, saying on air: "I can't possibly let you say that", before switching to pre-recorded audio.
Weis and Saunders allege Razer then said: "I will lose my job." This did not make it to air.
"Is it a job worth having?" Weis asked her, also off air, before storming out of the booth.
Weis yesterday revealed he was going to say: "That while David Irving — the Holocaust denier — sits in prison, the Australian Government put our chief Holocaust denier on the board of the ABC."Yes, well. Indeed.