Australians have grown up with the ABC – watching Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas or ABC Kids – and 17 million of us still consume some form of ABC content every week.
In the first two terms of the Coalition Government, ABC funding has been cut by $366 million and 800 staff have lost their jobs.
In the 2019-20 Budget, the Liberals locked in their latest unfair cut of $83.7 million in ABC funding, despite the ABC’s warning that this cut threatens delivery of the requirements of the ABC Charter.
The recent Senate committee inquiry into allegations of political interference in the ABC demonstrates that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has used practically every lever at its disposal to undermine the ABC, including funding cuts, politicising board appointments, meddlesome inquiries and reviews, and a litany of complaints.
To cap it off, the Liberal Party Federal Council has voted to privatise the ABC.
It’s up to all of us to stand up for our ABC against the attacks by the Liberals and Nationals.