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No, 82/84 CANBERRA

1 JULY 1982

T H E S E N A T E

DEMOCRATS REACTION TO PIX REPORT

The A u s tra lia n Democrats today released t h e ir view on the Dix Report in to

the fu tu re o f the A.B.C. ' . .

Democrat Communications Spokesman, Senator John Siddons, r e ite r a te d the

Democrats' strong opposition to corporate sponsorship o f A .B.C. programmes.

Senator Siddons said he wwas d e lig h te d the Government had apparently

re je c te d such sponsorship.

"No m atter how s o p h istic a te d a sponsor, a quid pro quo would be sought

and would be hard to r e s is t . We simply cannot a ffo rd to have the A.B.C.

ta in te d in such a way. Nor do we b e lie v e the A.B.C. ought to be able to

use outside news sources w ith in Australia... /The whole p o in t o f the A.B.C.

is to have an independent non-commercial soiirce o f news and comment.

Both corporate sponsorship and outside news sourcing would th re a te n

its independence," he s a id . Funding could be on a tr ie n n ia l basis on the

recommendation o f an a ll- p a r t y J o in t P arliam entary Committee.

"We are dubious o f the value o f la rg e advisory boards as Dix proposed.

The D ire cto rs could choose to ignore t h e ir advice. I f the D ire c to rs .

are h a lf way competent and a p p ro p riate resources are a llo c a te d to the

Board, d iffe r e n t points o f view w ill reach the top in any case.

"We favour the establishm ent o f a second ra d io network fo r ru ra l and

outback areas and some r a tio n a lis a tio n o f the A.B.C. news and c u rre n t ’

a ff a ir s departm ents. E x is tin g P ublic S ervice Board and overseas

v is it s committee r e s tric tio n s ought to be l i f t e d and the Managing D ire c to r

made responsible fo r keeping the A .B.C. w ith in it s Budget.

"We also b e lie v e the^riembers o f the Board - which should remain

a t 11 should not be reduced - should appear before an a ll- p a r t y J o in t

P arliam entary Committee. Such confirm atio n hearings should be conducted

in p u b lic . At lease one member o f the Board should be ele c te d by the

s t a f f o f the A .B.C. The Board ought to e le c t it s Managing D ire c to r

from it s own members having a term o f 3 years w ith an option f o r renewal

fo r a fu rth e r 3 y e a rs . ' . .

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"We are not convinced the arguments fo r the establishm ent o f Music

A u s tra lia are s u f f ic ie n t ly cogent to a c t on. However, we recommend

the 3 re le v a n t departments o f the A ,B ,C , be amalgamated and

re -lo c a te d in one b u ild in g in each S ta te as f a r as th is is p o s s ib le .

T h e ir operations should be s tre am lin ed . The establishm ent o f Music

A u s tra lia should be discussed fu r th e r w ith the people involved and

p a r t ic u la r ly m u s ic ia n s ." .

ENQUIRIES

Nigel Brand (03) 622521 ex. 78 (BH)

(03) 4 2 9 1 9 1 3 (AH)

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