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Finally getting underway after about an hour’s delay due a medical emergency in the main street

Our branch was represented in the parade this year by a very small but enthusiastic group of members including the NSW president, Mal Hewitt and branch president, Barry Redshaw, waving banners and handing out membership flyers and bumper stickers which were snapped up – we could have handed out more had we been carrying extra!

Crowd support was encouraging

Our new, powerful PA pounded out a collection of catchy themes from popular ABC television shows. The tunes were obviously fondly recognised by many spectators along the route as young, old and teenagers responded by dancing and singing along to the music.

Extraordinarily, a number of members were asked what was happening to the ABC by people from the crowd who had no idea about the funding cuts, staff redundancies and other damaging changes.

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Spelling out in some detail the impact of the cuts to ABC broadcasting in our region and throughout Asia.

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Our End of year celebration was great fun and enjoyed by everyone.

It has been a truly awful year for our ABC, ABC staff, ABC supporters, viewers and listeners and it will continue to travel down hill in the years to come.  Blue Mountains members have put in a lot of effort putting ‘bodies on the ground’, so to speak to protest the blatant destruction of our national broadcaster by the current government and the ABC management, so it was good to relax at our end of year celebration. That being said we are all appalled and very sad for the ABC staff who have already lost their jobs and those who are still to lose theirs. This government promised one million jobs in five years and unless I’m missing something all I see and hear are more and more job losses.

We must maintain the rage and continue to fight but we also need to focus on making sure Labor commits to fully re-funding the ABC should they get into power at the next election.

View end-of-year celebration pictures here

FABCdinner-66Year’s end is here, so raise your glass,
to the year that’s been and now nearly past.
Tis time to relax, tis time to smile,
tis time to sip and drink awhile,
or simply lie still and reflect on life,
Whilst recharging your batteries for the coming year of strife.


Libby Blackburn

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New President Barry Redshaw Canberra Rally

New President Barry Redshaw at the Canberra Rally Click on photo to enlarge.

Incoming Blue Mountains branch president, Barry Redshaw and his wife Bev, in addition to attending the Our Stories. Our Future. Our ABC rally in Sydney, attended the Canberra rally on November 25. Speakers including Bill Shorten, Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and people from the ABC and unions addressed a crowd of around 300 people.

“Our Blue Ties Tell Lies placard was photographed and filmed with a shot on Lateline. We were asked if we would donate our placard to the National Library Archives, so of course we did”.

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