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1202 12TH JUNE 1985. 12.1PM

UJ3 THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION TODAY LAUNCHED A STRONG ATTACK ON THE __ DETERIORATING STATE OF THE ABC WHICH I T SAYS I S SUFFERING FROM F ® CHRONIC RED TAPE AND UNION BULLYING.

THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON COMMUNICATIONS MR JOHN MOORE SAID THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN TOO MANY INQUIRIES INTO THE ABC AND THE TIME FOR "P U S S Y F O O T IN G " WAS OVER.

HE SAID I F HE'D BEEN COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER WHEN THIS WEEKS NEWS BROKE OF THE SO CALLED " PHAMTON ARMY" I N THE ABC, HE WOULD HAVE CALLED I N THE CORPORATIONS CHAIRMAN AND ASKED WHAT HE'D BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. ■

MR MOORE SAID HE HAD NO DOUBT THAT A GOOD COST ACCOUNTANT WOULD HAVE A FIELD DAY ON THE ABC. ■

FURTHER MORE, THE POWER OF THE ABC UNIONS PRINCIPALLY THE STAFF ASSOCIATION HAD GOT OUT OF HAND.

HE SAID THE STAFF ASSOCIATION WAS DOMINATED BY EXTREME LEFT WING ELEMENTS WHO SEEMED TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT THE ABC EXISTED AS THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE NOT AS SOME VEHICLE FOR THE POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS. ·

IN9 FROM A H I G H L Y RESPECTED NATI ONAL BROADCASTER WI T H A WORLD RENOWN NEWS S E R V I C E , THE ABC, I N THE SPACE OF A DECADE HAD DETERIORATED TO A NATI ONAL EMBRASSEMENT.

JOHN MOORE S A I D THE HAWKE GOVERNMENT HAD PANDERED TO THE L E F T WING UNION ELEMENTS I N THE ABC FROM THE DAY I T WAS ELECTED AND A U S T R A L I A WAS NOW PAYI NG THE P R I C E BY HA VI NG A N A T I ON A L BROADCASTING SYSTEM THAT WAS I N RA PI D D E C L I N E .

m JOHN MOORE SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS.· FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: TEL 07 3710644

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