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Rejecting government interference in ABC editorial decisions

Scott Ludlam 10 Dec 2013

Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:


1. The ABC is accountable to its Charter, its Board and the people of Australia;

2. Editors and journalists, not politicians, should make editorial decisions in a democracy that values a free press;

3. 80% of Australians surveyed believe the ABC is balanced and even-handed when reporting news and current affairs;

4. 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.


1. Complaints about the ABC unfairly competing with commercial media as vindictive and misconceived;

2. Government interference in the editorial decisions made by the ABC.

Calls on:

1. All parties to commit to maintaining the ABC as a well-funded public broadcaster with an independent board free from political interference.


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