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Office of the Leader of the Opposition

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Canberra, A .C.T. 2600

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S tatem en t by B i l l Hayden, MP

Most A u s tr a lia n s have come t o e x p e c t th e Prim e M i n i s t e r 's

p e r s i s t e n t m isu se o f th e ABC a s a n e x te n s io n o f L ib e r a l P a r ty

p o l i t i c a l propaganda.

Y et 1 h a d th o u g h t even Mr F r a s e r m ig h t h av e r e s i s t e d th e

te m p ta tio n t o c o r r u p t th e G overnm ent's o b serv an c e o f A u s t r a l i a

Day i n h i s n a t io n a l b ro a d c a s t l a s t S m day.

1 was wrong. ·

1 have to d ay a sk e d th e ABC f o r th e r i g h t o f r e p ly t o

th e Prim e M i n i s t e r 's b l a t a n t l y p a r t i s a n a d d re s s .

CANBERRA F eb ru ary 1, 1983

The fo llo w in g t e l e x was s e n t to P r o f e s s o r L eonie

Kramer, Chairman o f t h e ABC, t h i s m orning:

1 r e f e r t o th e Prim e M i n i s t e r 's A u s t r a l i a Day r a d io and t e l e v i s i o n

a d d re ss on th e ABC on Sunday J a n u a ry 30. By c o n v e n tio n an d th e

norm al r u l e s o f t a s t e , t h i s b r o a d c a s t c e le b r a te s th e b i r t h o f th e

n a tio n . I n s te a d th e Prim e M in is te r u s e d i t t o g iv e a b l a t a n t l y

p a r t i s a n , p ro v o c a tiv e a d d re s s on o n ly one s id e o f a d e ep ly d i v i s i v e

argum ent o v e r a fundam ental is s u e o f econom ic p o lic y . I n th e

i n t e r e s t s o f o b j e c t i v i t y , an d th e ABC's r e p u t a t i o n o f o b j e c t i v i t y ,

1 r e q u e s t e q u a l tim e t o p u t th e a l t e r n a t i v e c a s e on t h i s econom ic

is s u e f o r p u b lic c o n s id e r a tio n .

B i l l Hayden, L eader o f th e O p p o sitio n