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COMMUNICATIONS—AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 388—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the vital role played by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in promoting high quality, innovative local content in broadcast media to the broad spectrum of Australians throughout the nation;

 (b) recognises the achievements of the ABC in developing new digital media services to better meet the needs of the Australian audience; and

 (c) calls on the Government to increase funding to the ABC in the next funding arrangement to ensure that the ABC continues to develop new and innovative products in a range of areas, including local drama and innovative arts and youth content.

Question put and passed.