Now, more than ever, Australians need the ABC – our strong, trusted and independent public broadcaster.
Australian’s have grown up with the ABC – watching Playschool, Bananas in Pyjamas or ABC kids – and 17 million of us still consume some form of ABC content every week.
The first radio and TV services heard in the bush were courtesy of the ABC, and regional towns around the country still depend on the ABC for their local news today.
Despite this, Turnbull has launched the biggest attack on ABC independence in a generation.
Since 2014, ABC funding has been cut by $366 million and 800 staff have lost their jobs. This is despite the Liberals’ election promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS”.
This year alone, the Government has cut $83.7 million in ABC funding, launched two damaging public broadcasting inquiries and has three bills before Parliament to meddle with the ABC Charter.
We need to speak up before it’s too late and send a clear message of support for our public broadcasters.
It’s up to all of us to stand up for our ABC against the attacks by the Liberals, Nationals and One Nation.