Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(1) That the Senate:
(a) notes that Australia Day is on 26 January and should remain so; and
(b) recognises that Triple J's Hottest 100 has become an iconic event since it was first proposed during Australia's bicentennial year in 1988.
(2) The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter states a function of the Corporation is to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of national identity.
(3) The ABC should restore the Hottest 100 to Australia Day, 26 January.
The coalition government strongly supports Australia Day being held on 26 January, as do the overwhelming majority of Australians. The coalition government will never change the date of Australia Day, period. Australia Day, our national day, is a day to celebrate our nation's values and achievements. It is a day of reflection and relaxation with our families, friends and loved ones and is not to become a lefty, green political football. Millions of Australians from all walks of life vote for the Hottest 100. The ABC should stop wasting taxpayers' money on political agendas, uphold its charter and support Australian values.
The question is that motion No. 614, standing in the names of Senators Canavan, Macdonald, McKenzie, Seselja, Williams, McGrath, Paterson, Duniam, Reynolds, Fifield, Abetz, Bushby and Brockman, be agreed to.
Senator Dodson did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Parry.
Senator Farrell did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Nash.
Senator Lines did not vote to compensate for the resignation caused by the vacancy of Senator Xenophon.
Honourable senators interjecting—