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SBS budget bill: time for change

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 23 Nov 2011

The Greens have released their SBS budget submission to Government, requesting a sustained funding increase in the 2012-15 triennium.

"Our second national broadcaster occupies a crucial place in the Australian media environment. The Greens believe that the station should be properly funded to carry out its important role in a rapidly changing market, and secondly that the creeping commercialisation of the station should be reversed," Senator Ludlam said.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will today also give notice to introduce a bill into the Senate, mandating that a portion of any budget increase to SBS should be allocated to removing advertising within program breaks.

"In our budget submission, the Australian Greens have raised a number of potential revenue measures that could pay for the funding increase, recognising the Government's wish to return the budget to surplus. We are happy to negotiate any outcome that sees SBS get the resourcing it deserves for the valuable role it plays.

Today the Australian Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of SBS which, in part:
Calls on the government to consider whether the resources allocated to SBS are sufficient to allow it to fulfill its mandate and take full advantage of the education, employment and creative opportunities provided by digital multi-channelling and the NBN.

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre - 0417 174 302


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