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Thursday, 22 August 1996
Page: 2875

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petitioners request that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should recognise that the Coalition's proposed cost-cutting measures to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will remove the broadcaster's ability to properly provide services to both its radio and television audiences—particularly those in rural and regional areas.

Your petitioners oppose any cuts to the ABC and request that the Coalition be held to its pre-election promise to "maintain existing levels of Commonwealth funding to the ABC".

Your petitioners request that the Senate reject any measures to downgrade the ABC's budget.