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COMMUNICATIONS—AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION—TASMANIAN TELEVISION PRODUCTION UNIT

Senator Bilyk, at the request of Senators Brown and Bushby and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1044—That the Senate—

 (a) records its disappointment at the decision by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to close the Tasmanian television production unit;


 (b) notes the ABC's obligations to capture cultural diversity and local programming;

 (c) calls on ABC Managing Director, Mr Mark Scott, to reverse his decision and reinstate the Tasmanian television production unit;

 (d) expresses its disappointment at the loss of 17 highly skilled jobs in the Tasmanian television production unit; and

 (e) records its concern with the continuing centralisation of ABC production in Melbourne and Sydney.

Statements by leave: Senators Bilyk and Milne, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.