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Monday, 23 August 1999
Page: 7463

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled.

The Petition of the undersigned recognises the vital role of a strong, comprehensive, independent and publicly funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and asks that:

(1) Coalition Senators honour their 1996 election promise, namely that `The Coalition will maintain existing levels of Commonwealth funding to the ABC' [at pre-1996 levels].

(2) The Senate votes to maintain and strengthen the existing role of the ABC as a fully independent, publicly funded and publicly owned organisation.

(3) The Senate opposes any weakening of the Charter of the ABC.

by Senator Bourne(from 18 citizens)