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Transcript of Stephen Smith MP: doorstop interview: Parliament House, Canberra, 6 September 2000: ABC.



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Doorstop Interview

Stephen Smith - Shadow Minister for Communications

Subject: ABC

Transcript - Parliament House, Canberra - 6 September 2000

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SMITH: I'd like to make some comments this morning about the ABC. You would, of course, be aware that today there are some stop work meetings being conducted by ABC staff and these arise as a result of staff concern at changes which have been made through the organisation.

I just want to make a couple of general points. Firstly, it's in the national and the public interest that the ABC is well managed. It's our independent national broadcaster and management questions are, of course, a matter for the Board and the management, and I'm not proposing to make any comment on individual decisions. I simply make this point: the new Managing Director of the ABC has now been at the helm for coming up to six months and I believe it's now important on the part of the Chairman, the Board and the new Managing Director to now fully and publicly articulate the strategic direction and where they see the ABC going. This is not said in any critical way. These are, of course, management matters for the Board, for the Chairman and for the Managing Director, the CEO.

I simply make the point that there is, of course, always interest and concern about the national broadcaster and proposed changes to its arrangements. I think we've now got to that point in the cycle where a full and public articulation of the strategic direction of the ABC is required from the Chairman, the Board and the Managing Director.

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