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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2429

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled. We, the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth do humbly pray that the Commonwealth Government:

1.   Subscribe to the view that the Australian Broadcasting Commission belongs to the people and not to the government of the day whatever political party.

2.   Eschew all means, direct or indirect, of diminishing the independence of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

3.   Reject all proposals for the introduction of advertising into A.B.C. programmes.

4.   Develop methods for publicly funding the Commission which will prevent the granting or withholding of funds being used as a method of diminishing its independence.

5.   Ensure that any general enquiries into broadcasting in Australia which may seem desirable from time to time snail be conducted publicly and that strong representation of the public shall be included within the body conducting the enquiry.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Les Johnson, Dr Klugman and Mr Morris.

Petitions received.

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