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WATCH NOW: Murdoch & Morrison v. The ABC

The Murdoch Press and Morrison Government are working together to gut our ABC.

This is the film they don't want you to see 👇

Murdoch & Morrison v. The ABC

The Murdoch Press and Morrison Government are gunning for the ABC — This is the film they don't want you to see 👇

Posted by GetUp! on Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Act now to save our ABC — sign the petition!
For months, GetUp has been working on an explosive new short film laying bare the coordinated threats facing the ABC, and arming viewers with the truth to push back on a dangerous anti-ABC agenda.

From now until May — when Morrison hands down his next Budget — we know the ABC's enemies will be out in full force. With opinion pieces and primetime Sky News slots, they'll be trumpeting a dangerous ideological agenda to defund an 'out of date' broadcaster.

But we all know it's a lie. And we're ready to counter it.

We know the ABC is critical to Australian communities. To our kids' education and their imagination. To investigations leading to Royal Commissions, and to keeping us safe during bushfires and pandemics.

And our elected representatives know it too. Despite this, many continue to support the dirty work of the Murdoch Press and the IPA, discrediting the ABC for their own agenda.

So what do we need to do? We're going to tackle the threats faced by the ABC head on. As one of the few — and certainly the biggest — people-powered movements campaigning to protect our national broadcaster, we can counter the threats of the Murdoch Press, Morrison, and their friends at the IPA.

And it starts now. — add your name!
Since the Coalition was elected in 2013, $783 million has been ripped from the ABC's budget.1

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?

Want more information about cuts to the ABC? Check out GetUp's It's Our ABC report.

[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


To 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.

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