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Two years since Tony Abbott's "no cuts to ABC or SBS lie"



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HON J

ASON CLARE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND

TWO YEARS SINCE TONY ABBOTT’S “NO CUTS TO ABC OR SBS LIE”

Two

years ago today, on the night before the 2013 election, Tony Abbott stood at Penrith Stadium and promised the Australian people that there would be:

"No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to ABC or SBS."

TONY ABBOTT- 6 SEPTEMBER 2013

That was a lie.

More than half a billion dollars has been cut from the ABC and SBS budgets since that moment. Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have led attack after attack on the editorial independence of the ABC and in that time:

 More than 200 people have lost their jobs and hundreds more are still on the chopping block.

 Regional radio stations have been shut down with little more than a whimper from the so-called defenders of the bush in the National Party.

 Programs have been cut and the ABC’s much loved drama and kid’s content has been slashed.

 Production facilities have been shut down devastating communities including the closure of Television production facilities in Adelaide.

The Australian people were lied to.

Instead of there being “no cuts to the ABC or SBS”, we have seen an unprecedented attack on Australian public broadcasters.

The only way to ensure that Australia has an ABC and SBS that thrive is to elect a Shorten Labor Government

SUNDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2015