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ABC_rally_141122__DSC1686Some eighteen members from our branch joined thousands at the rally at Town Hall Square yesterday to hear speakers on the issue of, dare we say, the apparent blatant destruction of our ABC by this Government.
This destruction is being led by “No Cuts to the ABC” PM, T. Abbott, ably assisted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and of course we mustn’t forget the puppet master, R. Murdoch.
43 million dollars has already been cut and now a further 254 million dollars over 5 years will see large job losses in an already dwindling employment market, loss of valuable expertise and of course quality, quantity and programmes. Is it not extraordinary that the “No Cuts to the ABC” PM and his government can find $243.8 million over four years to fund the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Programme, a programme not requested and certainly not required, a programme which we assume will see highly qualified school councillors lose their jobs as well.
It was very hot, it was very crowded, (an extremely good thing) and by the time the speakers really got going there was not too much room to move. Packed in and under the sun, we stood and listened as all the speakers spoke passionately, pulling no punches about what is happening and will continue to happen to our independent National Broadcaster because of these decisions.

Our mantra rang out loud and clear on a number of occasions. NO IFS, NO BUTS, NO ABC CUTS.

Read More at The Sydney Morning Herald. I must add I am extremely confused as to who did the head count for this article. Several hundred ????

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Article Libby Blackburn

Our AGM was held on Saturday November 14.

SONY DSCNew members were elected to key positions as Margaret Foy, outgoing President and Alison Burnard, outgoing Vice President did not re-nominate.
On behalf of the committee and members, we would like to express our sincere thanks to both ladies. Margaret’s drive, dedication and passion for the ABC and our branch has been inspirational to say the least. Alison did a wonderful job in her support role to the President as well as stepping up to do an excellent job Chairing the AGM.
We would also like to express our thanks to Barry Redshaw who was elected as President, Garth Taylor as Vice President and Eunice Goodberg as Newsletter Editor. No changes were made to the other executive committee positions.
Once the AGM formalities were out of the way we were treated to a terrific talk by our guest Russell Stapleton from Radio National. This was followed by the discussion/Q&A involving Russell, our other guest Ron Fuller (as interviewer/mediator) and the audience.
All who attended were given a real insight into the behind the scenes production of radio programmes and enjoyed it immensely.
We are extremely grateful to Russell and Ron for giving up their valuable time and sharing their expertise.

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Link to Audio of Russell Stapleton’s talk and discussion/ Q&A with Ron Fuller

Article Libby Blackburn

 

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.  Read more at Crikey.com

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