Congratulating the Prime Minister

Congratulating the Prime Minister

Labor leader, Anthony Albanese has called on the prime minister to provide more funding to the ABC. The prime minister has rejected the call and should be congratulated.

To the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Parliament House

I applaud your decision in dismissing the call from Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, to reverse the government’s funding freeze on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • Brian Steele
    signed via 2020-04-09 21:30:32 +1000
    Time to close down the ABC
  • Marianne O'connell
    signed 2020-04-09 20:33:37 +1000
  • Katie Dunkley
    signed 2020-04-09 19:18:02 +1000
  • Nancy Piggott
    signed 2020-04-09 19:13:09 +1000
  • Jason Szoeke
    signed 2020-04-09 18:41:09 +1000
    Over the decades, accusations of “bias” at the ABC have arisen at different times, and various inquiries undertaken, reviews of the ABC are regularly commissioned and not released.

    Release the inquiries and let truth guide the way.

    Under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983,72 the ABC Board is bound to “maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation” and to ensure that “the gathering and presentation by the Corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognized standards of objective journalism.”

    As a publicly funded broadcaster, the ABC is expected not to take editorial stances on political issues, and is required to present a range of views with impartiality.

    At the 2016 federal election, a study commissioned by the ABC and conducted by iSentia compiled share-of-voice data and found that the ABC devoted 42.6% of election coverage to the Coalition government (this compares to the 42.04% vote received by the Coalition in the House of Representatives (HOR)), 35.9% to the Labor opposition (34.73% HOR), 8% to the Greens (10.23% HOR), 3.1% to independents (1.85% HOR), 2.2% to Nick Xenophon’s Team (1.85% HOR) and 8.1% to the rest.

    A 2013 University of the Sunshine Coast study of the voting intentions of journalists found that 73.6 per cent of ABC journalists supported Labor or The Greens – with 41% supporting the Greens (whereas only around 10% of people in the general population voted Green).

    Their antagonistic approach to journalism (bullies) should not be funded by tax paying workers.
  • Hugh Eveleigh
    signed 2020-04-09 18:15:04 +1000
    Until the ABC can show that it is an impartial and a-political body representing the interests of all Australians then it should not be funded publicly at all. There is no obligation to adhere to impartiality if run privately.
  • richard mcmahon
    signed 2020-04-09 18:14:28 +1000
  • Karl Pfeifer
    signed 2020-04-09 18:14:02 +1000
  • Don Hick
    signed 2020-04-09 17:30:35 +1000
  • Mark Chandler
    signed 2020-04-09 17:20:37 +1000
    You have bravely done exactly what the majority of UK citizens have been asking for to our BBC
  • James Alsford
    signed 2020-04-09 16:34:32 +1000
    The ABC are always biased towards the left of politics. No wonder the Labor party support them.
  • Kerry Beard
    signed 2020-04-09 16:20:14 +1000
    Gov doing a great job for all Australians.
  • Frederick Stewart Hespe
    signed 2020-04-09 16:11:44 +1000
    I would prefer it’s funding to be halved. Stewart Hespe
  • Patrick O'hehir
    signed 2020-04-09 16:05:23 +1000
  • Alexander Charles Hatty
    signed 2020-04-09 15:55:45 +1000
    Defund the ABC entirely would be my preference
  • David McInnes
    signed 2020-04-09 15:48:23 +1000
  • Linda Edwards
    signed 2020-04-09 15:42:50 +1000
    I would love to support the ABC but it is far too biased now.
  • Christian Merlot
    signed 2020-04-09 15:40:39 +1000
  • Peter Carson
    signed 2020-04-09 15:40:38 +1000
    Congratulations on rejecting Labour’s call for more funding of the ABC. It is a blatant partisan leftist organisation that should be privatised and not paid for at all by conservative tax payers.
  • Geoff Rogers
    signed 2020-04-09 15:40:25 +1000
  • William Cassells
    signed 2020-04-09 15:38:15 +1000
  • Donald Lomas
    signed 2020-04-09 15:24:54 +1000
    Every body else are cutting back, and they have the gall to ask for more
  • Karyn Townsend-Cameron
    signed 2020-04-09 15:21:26 +1000
    Defund ABC

    Thank you for your tireless work so appreciated be well be safe .
  • Dave Wolter
    signed 2020-04-09 15:16:59 +1000
  • Nigel Jackson
    signed 2020-04-09 15:11:10 +1000
  • Ian Killip
    signed 2020-04-09 15:06:30 +1000
  • Graham  N. Norman
    signed 2020-04-09 14:58:33 +1000
  • Peter Button
    signed 2020-04-09 14:58:22 +1000
    Well done Prime Minister. I can’t think of anyone better to be leading us through these difficult times.
  • Marc Carpenter
    signed 2020-04-09 14:57:20 +1000
  • Doug Potts
    signed 2020-04-09 14:55:54 +1000