Time for pollies to stand up for our ABC
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.
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