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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8157


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:58): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: This motion calls for the money that the government has now promised for broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific to be directed to the ABC. If we are going to be spending public money on broadcasting in the region for the purposes of soft diplomacy, it should be done through our public broadcaster. It was a mistake by Mr Abbott to slash the Australia Network and the ABC's contract at that time. There was obviously some acknowledgement in the government that that was a mistake. Fix it properly. Refund the ABC and let them get on with their job.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 1180, as amended, be agreed to.