15 Dec '11, 3pm

Australian broadcasting standards minister drops F-word on TV

SYDNEY - The minister in charge of Australia's broadcasting standards has caused a furore by using the F-word live on national television. "If a tax goes down, ******* fantastic," said Mr Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Communications, before adding: "Excuse me." The next programme to be aired after the minister's speech was Meerkat Manor, an animal show popular with young children. Mr Conroy's use of the expletive was in response to a question about the risk of investing in Australia. Mr Conroy, who kept his portfolio on Tuesday in a Cabinet reshuffle, later reflected on his comment: "I'm going to be in trouble." Despite criticism from the opposition, the fallout is likely to be minimal. Though the gaffe came during children's viewing hours, there would likely be few children willing to sit through an hour or more of the minister's reflections on the merits of a national...

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