Wednesday, 31 July 2019
I, and also on behalf of Senator Griff, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the final report in its Digital Platforms Inquiry, and
(ii) it has emphasised the importance of the public broadcasters and recommended stable and adequate funding "in recognition of their role in addressing the risk of under-provision of public interest journalism that generates broad benefits to society"; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to:
(i) move from triennial to quinennial funding cycles for the public broadcasters,
(ii) fully restore the cuts to funding since 2014, and
(iii) guarantee a minimum level of funding across the quinennial cycles.
by leave—Labor will not be supporting this motion. We note the ACCC's findings and recommendation in relation to stable and adequate funding for the ABC. We are proposing a range of proposals to strengthen the independence of the ABC, and we will settle our position in accordance with usual caucus processes.