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Future of Our ABC

August 12, 2020 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

With us for generations - supporting us through bushfires, floods, and COVID-19. 

I am a strong supporter of the ABC. Our trusted national broadcaster has been with us for generations - supporting us through bushfires, floods, and COVID-19. 

Like you, I am concerned that successive cuts to the ABC by the Coalition Government are undermining this trusted institution. 

Scott Morrison ignored the ABC’s warning that the latest cut of $83.7 million will make it difficult for the ABC to meet its Charter requirements and audience expectations. 

I will be hosting a Zoom with Shadow Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland for a discussion about how we can protect and nurture our ABC at 6:30pm on Wednesday August 12. 

As the ABC Five Year Plan reveals, Scott Morrison’s cuts are forcing the ABC to choose between quality and quantity – by scaling back its workforce, Australian content and radio news. 

Australia is in recession and the media is in crisis yet up to 250 ABC staff now face the sack including 70 staff in the News division. These losses will further undermine the strength of our democracy. 

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher remain adamant that there have been no cuts to the ABC. 

I hope you can join us for this important discussion via Zoom.

Upon registering, you will receive a Zoom link to participate in the town hall. You will simply need to click on this link just prior to the listed start time of the event. You can participate from the Zoom application on your computer, phone or iPad, as well as your web browser.