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Notice given 18 August 2003

542  Senator Mackay: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz) has launched a petition in Tasmania calling on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to overturn its decision to cancel the program Behind the News , and

(ii) this decision by the ABC was taken in response to insufficient funding to allow the ABC to deliver its full range of services; and

(b) given the Government’s direct responsibility for the lack of funding, calls on Senator Abetz to more usefully use his ministerial influence to lobby his colleagues, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston) and the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), to provide sufficient funding to the ABC to allow the show to be continued.