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Save our ABC!

Bushfires. Pandemics. Childhood. Every day life.

The ABC is there for us, in and out of crisis. It keeps us safe, connected, and informed. It helps us make sense of the world around us.

But $783 million in government cuts is taking it's toll.1

Now the Morrison Government has released its Budget, and despite billions of dollars in spending, there's not a single cent for the ABC.

Can you sign the almost 150,000 strong petition demanding the government fully fund our ABC?

Image of ABC logo splintering into shards, with newspaper headline tear out reading: ABC to axe up to 250 jobs and cut programming to tackle budget cuts
Because of government funding cuts, beloved ABC programs, services and jobs have been cut or are on the line:2

  • Fewer episodes of Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent and Australian Story
  • Thousands of jobs lost, including another 250 staff to lose their jobs this year with 70 from the News Division
  • The flagship 7.45am radio news bulletin will be axed, along with ABC Life, the ABC Comedy Channel, and more...
The good news? Public opinion is on our side, with the vast majority of Ausralians opposing budget cuts.3

We know that if all those people joined the movement, the Coalition Government would be unable to sweep the issue under the rug and further cuts would become politically untenable.

So can you sign on to demand the Government reverse funding cuts and fully fund our ABC?

References:
[1] 'ABC loses $783m funding since 2014 when Coalition made its first cuts – report', The Guardian, 4 May 2020
[2] 'Latest $84 million cuts rip the heart out of the ABC, and our democracy', The Conversation, 24 June 2020
[3] 'Australians overwhelmingly oppose ABC budget cuts', ABC Friends, 1 June 2020
You can also download view and download the full report here.
Recently, The Australian journalist Chris Kenny published another attack piece on the ABC. This time, he targeted esteemed journalists like Kerry O'Brien, Barrie Cassidy and Philip Adams.

"It's not your ABC, it's theirs" the headline in The Australian proclaimed.

On top of that, Kenny encouraged people to take to social media, attack our national broadcaster and use the hashtag - #TheirABC.

Conservatives and the Murdoch Press are doubling down with their anti-ABC attacks and the timing is no coincidence.

To counter this coordinated attack, we need hundreds of thousands of people across the country to raise their voices - and fast.

You can read the article here.

✍️ SIGN NOW!

To the Morrison Government & the Australian Parliament:

We call on the Government to restore and increase essential operational funding to the ABC so that it can meet the needs of our communities with confidence, independence and integrity.




148,607 signatures

We need 1,393 more


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