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Monday, 15 September 2003
Page: 19979

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

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:

The impact of the Howard Government's decision to starve the ABC of funds.

That lack of adequate funding has resulted in ABC programming budget cuts of over $26 million.

That the ABC has been forced to axe the schools production unit, which produces Behind the News and other educational programs.

Behind the News is a particularly important resource for schools and is watched by 1.3 million students each week.

Behind the News has helped millions of school age children appreciate and comprehend current affairs and major world events for more than 34 years.

Behind the News has been running as a highly successful, educative program since 1969.

We therefore ask the House to take urgent steps to return adequate funding for the ABC so that the production and televising of BTN is immediately restored.

by Ms Grierson (from 253 citizens)