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Wednesday, 9 October 1996
Page: 3747

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

The petition of the undersigned recognises the vital role of a strong and comprehensive Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and asks that:

1.   Coalition Senators honour their 1996 election promise, namely that "The Coalition will maintain existing levels of Commonwealth funding to the ABC".

2.   The Senate votes to maintain the existing role of the ABC as a fully independent, publicly funded and publicly owned organisation.

3.   The Senate oppose any weakening of the Charter of the ABC.