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23    Communications— Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service—Publication of salaries

Senator Hanson-Young, also on behalf of Senator O’Neill, amended general business notice of motion no. 539 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the overwhelming public support for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in providing news services, quality programming, including for children, and online catch up services iView and SBS On Demand,

                                    (ii)       the vital role of the national broadcasters in promoting a diversity of services in the Australian media environment, and

                                  (iii)       that the Liberal-National Government is waging an ideological war on public broadcasting, as evidenced by successive budget cuts, reviews and inquiries, and its recent deal with the One Nation Party in the context of the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, which includes:

                                                       (A)       a competitive neutrality inquiry into the ABC and SBS,

                                                        (B)       amendments to the ABC Charter to undermine its independence, and

                                                        (C)       amendments to legislation to force the disclosure of the salaries of staff at the ABC and SBS; and

               (b)       agrees that it will not support legislation that forces the ABC or SBS to publicise the salaries of its staff, breaching their right to privacy.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), the Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson) and the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Brown

Gallacher

McAllister

Rice

Cameron

Gallagher

McCarthy

Siewert

Carr

Gichuhi

McKim

Singh

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

Moore

Sterle

Collins

Hinch

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Dastyari

Kakoschke-Moore

Polley

Watt

Di Natale

Kitching

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Dodson

Lambie

Rhiannon

Xenophon

Farrell

Lines

 

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Bernardi

Fifield

Nash

Ruston

Birmingham

Georgiou

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Brockman

Hanson

Parry

Scullion

Bushby*

Hume

Paterson

Seselja

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Smith

Duniam

McGrath

Reynolds

Williams

Fawcett

McKenzie

Roberts

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.