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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 3981

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in the Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned residents of Australia draw the attention of the House to a promise made by the Liberal and National parties namely that "The Coalition will maintain existing levels of Commonwealth funding to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation". We point out that the Honorable the Minister for Communications has foreshadowed presenting to the House Appropriation Bills which will substantially reduce the funding appropriated by the Parliament to the ABC.

Your petitioners therefore request that the House resolve to restore the ABC's funding base to its pre-1996/97 Budget level and index it to ensure that it is maintained in real terms.

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