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COMMUNICATIONS—PUBLIC BROADCASTING

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1267—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) 80 per cent of Australians surveyed believe the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is balanced and even-handed when reporting news and current affairs and 83 per cent of Australians regard the ABC to be distinctively Australian and contributing to Australia's national identity,

  (ii) the motion put to the Victorian Liberal Party Council conference on 25 May and 26 May 2013 by the Warragul branch, urging an examination of the feasibility of partial or full privatisation of the ABC and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) was deferred to the next conference, and

  (iii) that the ABC and SBS are vital public news, information, education and entertainment services for the benefit of citizens and audiences rather than advertisers and shareholders; and

 (b) calls on:

  (i) the Liberal Party to categorically reject the motion put by Warragul branch, and

  (ii) all parties to commit to maintaining the ABC and SBS as properly funded public broadcasters with independent boards free from political interference.

Statements by leave: Senators Fifield and Ludlam, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,35


Senators—
BilykFarrellMarshallSingh
BishopFaulknerMcEwenStephens
BrownFeeneyMcLucasSterle
CameronFurnerMilneThistlethwaite
Carr, BobGallacherMooreThorp
Carr, KimHanson-YoungPolleyWaters
CollinsLinesPrattWhish-Wilson
CrossinLudlamRhiannonWright
Di NataleLudwigSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 30


Senators—
BackColbeckJohnstonRuston
BernardiCormannKroger (Teller)Ryan
BirminghamEdwardsMadiganScullion
BoswellEgglestonMasonSinodinos
BoyceFawcettMcKenzieSmith
BrandisFierravanti-WellsParryWilliams
BushbyFifieldPayne
CashHumphriesRonaldson

Question agreed to.