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Stop Howard's attack on the ABC.



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Senator Ursula Stephens

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STOP HOWARD’S ATTACK ON THE ABC

NSW Labor Senator Ursula Stephens today called on the Howard Government to stop its outrageous and damaging attacks on the independence of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Senator Stephens is urging people in NSW to sign a petition to register their protest against Senator Richard Alston’s petty and vicious criticisms of the ABC’s AM radio program.

The petition has been organised by the ALP and will be sent to John Howard.

Petitions are available from Senator Stephens’ offices in Goulburn and Parliament House by phoning the toll free number 1300 301 987.

Senator Stephens said it was clear Senator Alston’s claims of pro-Iraq bias in the ABC’s war coverage were politically motivated and aimed at intimidating and censoring the national broadcaster.

“Senator Alston sees the ABC as a propaganda outlet for the Liberal Party and with the investigation into his bizarre complaints having rejected the allegations of bias, he now wants to change the rules.”

Senator Alston has called for a new independent investigation panel appointed by him.

Senator Stephens said the criticism by Senator Alston was part of an orchestrated on-going attack on the ABC by John Howard.

“He’s stacked the ABC Board with conservatives and slashed funding in a way that’s seriously affecting people throughout regional and rural NSW.

“The latest round of funding cuts means the ABC had to cancel its two multi-channels, ABC Kids and Fly TV, and stop the roll out of ABC Radio services like NewsRadio and JJJ to many regional towns.”

John Howard’s attack on the ABC is an attack on the millions of Australians who trust and rely on the ABC to provide them with accurate and impartial news and information. All Australians must resist John Howard’s attempts to muzzle our ABC.

1 August 2003 Contact Ursula Stephens 0407 288 727

PO BOX 1112 GOULBURN NSW 2580 PH 0248 228 155 FAX 0248 228 156