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Closures at the ABC

Question
Scott Ludlam 21 Mar 2013

Question on notice no. 2395
Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Minister for Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy on 30 October 2012:
With reference to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) :
(1) Did the ABC close down the TV Arts unit resulting in the loss of
approximately 16 positions.
(2) How does the ABC identify programs as ‘specialist'.
(3) How does the ABC conduct research to make decisions about Radio
National in relation to attracting younger audiences.
(4) To what extent is the ABC willing to lose older audiences to attract
younger audiences.
(5) How many temporary, or not permanent, positions currently exist in
the ABC, listed by:
(a) division;
(b) classification; and
(c) type (including casual, specified task contract, Run of Show
contract and fixedterm contract positions) .
(6) How many temporary positions were created in the 201213 financial
year, to date.
(7) For the 201213 financial year, to date, can a breakdown be provided
by ABC band classification detailing the percentage of new positions
created in each ABC Division that are permanent.
(8) What percentage of permanent positions created during the 201213
financial year, to date, were the result of making temporary staff
permanent.
(9) Can a breakdown be provided of ongoing and non-ongoing staff
currently employed in each ABC band classification.
(10) For 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, what is the average:
(a) length of casual employment, listed by ABC Division; and
(b) length of contract employment, listed by department.
(11) Did the ABC obtain a contract with The One Umbrella to provide
labour in the Content Services Division; and is the ABC paying an
average of 30 dollars per hour to the company.
(12) What tender process was undertaken for the procurement of services
from The One Umbrella; and is the same process undertaken to hire
labour from other companies.
(13) What other labour hire companies and recruitment and contract
agencies has the ABC engaged to provide labour services for ABC work
in the past 5 years, broken down by ABC Division and by year.
(14) How much money has been spent over the past 5 years on temporary
staff arrangements through external hire companies.
(15) How many staff employed through labour hire agreements are
currently undertaking work in each ABC Division.
(16) What is the average period of time these external employees are
working in the ABC, broken down by ABC Division.
(17) Will the ABC publish a strategy, as recommended by the
Environment and Communications References Committee, outlining how
it can meet its obligations under the ABC Charter; if so, when.
(18) What is the process by which the ABC considers airing matters on
Media Watch that relate to the ABC, in particular, to whom at the ABC
are the matters referred for approval.
(19) What is the process by which the ABC considers publishing articles
about the ABC on The Drum, in particular, to whom at the ABC are they
referred for approval.

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