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Wednesday, 8 December 1976
Page: 3459

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 ABC programs.

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

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

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Les McMahon, Mr Morris, Mr Antony Whitlam and Mr Young.

Petitions received.

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