Fairness and balance not strange: minister

September 17, 2017

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield says expecting the ABC to be fair is a tenet of journalism.

The Turnbull government insists a push to legislate that the ABC must be "fair and balanced" will not change anything about the public broadcaster's existing editorial policies.

The change to the ABC Act - yet to be brought to parliament - is part of a deal the government did with One Nation in exchange for passing its overhaul of media laws.

Communication Minister Mitch Fifield told ABC TV on Sunday there was no need for any uproar about the proposed change as fairness and balance "are not strange or new journalistic concepts".

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