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Wednesday, 16 October 1996
Page: 4207

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

The Petition of the undersigned draws the Senate's attention to our serious concerns at the Government's announced funding cuts to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and in particular the impact these cuts will have on the maintenance of ABC services to regional Australia. We are of the view that the loss of $65 million in funds will decimate the ABC and force it to commercialise by seeking corporate sponsors. This in turn will destroy its independence and quality.

We urge the Senate to reject these funding cuts and place `our ABC' on a financial footing that will ensure its viability and continuance of existing ABC services and programs.