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BREAKING: It's Our ABC Report

New report details $783 million in funding cuts to our ABC.

Beloved programs have been axed. Hundreds of jobs lost. Reduced services in rural and regional areas.

All because the Government continually slashes funding from the ABC.

Our national broadcaster is the beating heart of Australia. We must keep up the fight to protect it. Can you help ensure the report gets noticed by spreading the word?

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  • By 2022, the total funding cut to the ABC will be over $783 million.
  • The ABC's 2019-20 operational revenue from Government of $879 million represents a decrease in real funding of $367 million per annum, or 29.5%, since 1985-86.
  • It is now operating with the smallest budget since the Howard Government's extraordinary 2% funding cut in its first budget.
  • "In 1987, [the] ABC famously cost each Australian eight cents a day. In 1987 dollar terms we now cost each Australian just four cents a day" – Louise Higgins, ABC's Chief Financial Officer, 2018.
  • A thousand jobs have gone since 2014. Many were senior journalists and producers, with centuries' worth of combined knowledge and experience.
  • Lateline and state-based versions of 7.30 have been axed. Radio current affairs programming via The World Today and PM has been halved, as has the number of hours of original scripted Australian content. Specialist programming on Radio National has been cut, and over 100 ABC websites have been shut down.
  • The ABC no longer covers local sport on TV. Its local production units, other than for news and current affairs, in Adelaide and Perth have been closed, along with five regional local radio newsrooms.
  • The Australia Network was cancelled, and international bureaus in Tokyo, Bangkok, New Delhi and New Zealand have closed or had their operations reduced.
  • The ABC provides a trusted source of essential news and information, underpins our social cohesion and national identity, and brings us together in times of crisis. It educates our kids, informs our decisions as participants in our democracy, and provides comfort and entertainment in our homes.
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  • Cuts restored: That the cuts to the ABC's operational funding since 2013 be restored in full in the October 2020 federal budget.
  • Commit to funding requests: The Government commits to fully funding the ABC's original request for additional money to support newsgathering and digital distribution.
  • Provide additional funding: The Government provides the ABC with additional, untied funding in the October 2020 budget, to allow the ABC to restore its innovative capacity and invest in new programs and services, as determined by the management of the ABC.
  • Extend funding period: That the Government extend the ABC's funding period from three to five years.
  • Reinstated contract: That Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reinstate the contract for the ABC to deliver international broadcasting services.
  • Abide by legislation: That the Government and Opposition commit to abiding by the legislation that governs merit-based appointments to the ABC Board.


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