Time for pol­lies to stand up for our ABC

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

TO quote Kerry O’Brien, “A healthy me­dia is an ab­so­lute corner­stone of a healthy democ­racy. Pub­lic broad­cast­ing, I be­lieve, is fun­da­men­tal to a healthy me­dia. It has played a huge role over many decades con­tribut­ing to a healthy cul­ture broadly - so­cially but also po­lit­i­cally. I think it’s at risk”.

The ABC has been an in­te­gral part of my life, for all of my life.

As I am now 71, I think that can be clas­si­fied as a rea­son­ably long time.

For a lit­tle over half that time, the ABC has been not only re­spected and cared for by the pub­lic, but also by our var­i­ous gov­ern­ments.

Even when politi­cians were rail­ing against what was be­ing re­ported and broad­cast, they un­der­stood that a free, fully funded, pub­lic broad­caster is an es­sen­tial part of a demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

In more re­cent times, every time there has been a fed­eral bud­get de­liv­ered, the ABC bud­get has been cut.

The pub­lic still holds our broad­caster in re­spect, in fact as one of our most trusted in­sti­tu­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately the same can­not be said of many of our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

They nei­ther hold the ABC in re­spect nor do they ap­pear to trust it.

As the des­ig­nated Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions we need Mitch Fi­field to stand up for the back­bone of our pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

We need him to make sure that the ABC is not dec­i­mated, is not starved of fund­ing.

On be­half of us all, we need him to stand up to pro­tect the ABC from these cuts.

Ruth Hil­lNoble, Ox­ley WE wel­come your let­ters to the Edi­tor. Pri­or­ity is given to typed/emailed let­ters un­der 250 words. Every let­ter must have your full name, ad­dress and a day­time phone con­tact num­ber sup­plied for ver­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses. Any let­ter may be edited for rea­sons of space, con­tent or leg­i­bil­ity. edit.chron­i­cle@ne­me­dia.com.au Let­ters to the Edi­tor, 37 Rowan St, Wan­garatta 3677

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