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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
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To the Honourable the President and Senators of the Senate assembled in Parliament:

The petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully shows that we, as residents of the Australian Capital Territory, urge the government to:

   reject moves to cut the funding of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and instead maintain funding in real terms

   recognise and maintain the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a comprehensive, mainstream and independent media organisation, and not just a complimentary service to commercial media

   recognise the ABC Charter as a valuable instrument for the expression of Australian cultural life that should not be devalued as a result of economic and political considerations.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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