Senate debates

Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Australian Broadcasting Corporation

4:26 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 6 September, 2013, Mr Abbott promised voters "no cuts to the ABC";

(b) further notes that:

  (i) the 2014-15 Budget cut the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) funding by $47 million,

  (ii) the 2014-15 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook cut the ABC's funding by a further $207 million,

  (iii) the 2018-19 Budget has cut the ABC by an additional $84 million,

  (iv) since September 2013, the ABC has been forced to absorb 1,014 job losses as a result of budget cuts, and

  (v) trust in politicians is at an all-time low, and that this is not without reason;

(c) condemns the Liberal Party's decision over the weekend to support the privatisation of the ABC, noting that no members of the Turnbull Government, including the Minister for Communications, spoke against the motion; and

(d) calls on the Turnbull Government to make amends on its broken promises by rescinding its policy to privatise the ABC and reversing its damaging cuts.


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