Alan Jones is a radio broadcaster and political commentator. He has also worked as a teacher, a Liberal Party speechwriter and coach of the Australia Rugby Union Team.
Jones is a fearless radio broadcaster, unafraid to take on any issue. Jones and colleague John Laws had for years spent countless hours criticising big companies for their treatment of employees and customers, such as Qantas, Optus, Foxtel and the Big Four banks. However, it was revealed in 1999 that the pair had subsequently been paid to give favourable comment for these companies without disclosing this arrangement to their listeners. It became known as the Cash For Comment affair and, following this, broadcasting regulations were changed.
In 2005, Jones was found to have racially vilified members of the Lebanese community in the lead-up to the Cronulla riots, saying Lebanese males hated Australia, were raping and pillaging, were vermin, and there was a national security crisis. The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal ordered him to apologise, but his first attempt was so lame they made him do it again, this time properly.
Jones often espouses conservative views, but also fights against conservative economic orthodoxy on issues like coal-seam gas exploration, which he opposes. However, Jones is also a supporter of the Galileo Movement, an advocacy group which denies the scientific consensus of climate change and believes it is a hoax perpetuated by Jewish bankers and the United Nations to form a world government.
Jones has been sued a tremendous number of times over his career, as well as embroiling himself in a number of contempt of court proceedings. But he is never afraid to speak out. After Prime Minister Julia Gillard changed her government’s 2010 pre-election policy of not installing a carbon tax to combat climate change, Jones zeroed-in on the Prime Minister, cleverly changing her name in his on-air broadcasts from “Julia” to “Ju-liar.”
Jones seemed to have an intense obsession with Gillard. In 2011 he said Gillard was “off her tree” and should be shoved in a chaff bag, taken far out to sea to see if she could swim home. It is not known how often Jones demands attempted murder of Australia’s Prime Ministers. Also, after the recent passing of Gillard’s father, Jones remarked that he had “died of shame” because of the actions of her daughter. Classy.
Alan Jones is a lightning rod for racist, sexist, bigoted people who listen to talkback radio - i.e. Australians. Unfortunately for society and the norms of decency, he is a Significant Arsehair.