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Thursday, 16 October 2008
Page: 6152


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (9:39 AM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes ABC Radio National’s decision to axe the Religion Report, the Media Report and the Sports Factor;

(b)   notes that:

(i)   the Religion Report is one of the most important programs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) with a rapidly growing international audience, and

(ii)   this program broke the Peter Hollingworth scandal, has applied critical analysis of the Exclusive Brethren, Anglican, Catholic and Muslim religions amongst others and provided insightful commentary of various religions over many years; and

(c)   calls on the ABC management:

(i)   publicly to reveal all formal and informal criticisms made against this program over recent years, and

(ii)   immediately to make public the reasons for this decision.

Question agreed to.