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Tuesday, 8 October 1996
Page: 3649

To the honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that due to the recently announced budget cuts, important ABC programmes are threatened. We find the prospect of the following possible changes unacceptable:

heavy cuts to rural radio services.

possible curtailment of metro radio.

reduced Australian content on ABC TV.

cuts to children's programmes.

loss of the ABC's independence.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to continue to fund the ABC at levels appropriate for it to carry out its present Charter in a viable manner.