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Tuesday, 7 December 1976

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. We the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth do humbly pray that the Commonwealth Government:

1.   Subscribe to the view that the Australian Broadcasting Commission belongs to the people and not to the Government of the day whatever political party.

2.   Eschew all means, direct or indirect, of diminishing the independence of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

3.   Reject all proposals for the introduction of advertising into ABC programs.

4.   Develop methods for publicly funding the Commission which will prevent the granting or withholding of funds being used as a method of diminishing its independence.

5.   Ensure that any general enquiries into broadcasting in Australia which may seem desirable from time to time shall be conducted publicly and that strong representation of the public shall be included within the body conducting the enquiry.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Garrick, Mr Jacobi, Mr Les Johnson, Mr Les McMahon, Mr Morris and Mr Wallis.

Petitions received.

Symphony Orchestras in Australia

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we are deeply concerned at the threat to the continuation of symphony orchestras throughout Australia posed by theIAC and Green reports.

We believe that the Government should not allow the symphony orchestras of Australia to be reduced in any way at all.

Your petitioners humbly pray that your honourable House will take steps to ensure the continuation and growth of our symphony orchestras, thereby ensuring that the quality of lifeof the people of this country shall be maintained.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr MacKellar, Mr Connolly, Mr Dobie, Mr Haslem and Mr Charles Jones.

Petitions received.







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