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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 183

Senator Brown asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

Of the 993 complaints about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2004 election coverage: (a) how many complained of political bias; and (b) of these, against which party or party leader was the bias claimed.

Senator Coonan (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The ABC has advised that of the 993 contacts:

(a) 269 related to complaints alleging party political bias.

(b) 173 related to allegations of anti-government or pro-opposition bias; 69 related to allegations of pro-government or anti-opposition bias; and 27 related to other allegations of political bias.