"The ABC is too important to be undermined by Turnbull and his conservatives"

The Australian opposition Labor party writes that “Malcolm Turnbull and his conservatives have their sights set on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)", calling it “the most trusted media organisation in Australia”. Cuts have cost 800 jobs.

By Diet Simon

The Australian opposition Labor party (ALP) writes that “Malcolm Turnbull and his conservatives have their sights set on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), calling it “the most trusted media organisation in Australia”.

The ABC is funded by tax dollars. “Since 2014 their cuts have seen 800 jobs lost and a drop in the content and services that Australians depend on,” the ALP writes in an appeal for donations to help save the broadcaster.

“This year alone, they cut $83.7 million from the ABC – which the ABC says it can’t absorb. Enough is enough. A Shorten Labor government will reverse Turnbull’s unfair $83.7 million cut to the ABC and guarantee funding certainty over the next ABC budget cycle.

“But we can only do that if we win the next election, and to do that we need to continue building our campaign to save the ABC. The ABC is too important to be undermined by Turnbull and his conservatives.”

“The Liberals have their backers from the big end of town, but we're proud to be building a new style of Australian political campaigning: funded by small donations from tens of thousands of passionate community members.”

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The Bananas in Pajamas are celebrating – and there’s a good reason why.

We’ve just hit 50,000 signatures to save the ABC and keep them on the air!

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The ABC is the home of good Australian grown content – from Playschool to The Gruen Show, Four Corners to Gardening Australia, it’s a part of our nation’s culture. In fact 17 million Australians consume some form of ABC content every week.

The Liberals' attacks on the ABC have already meant $282 million in cuts to the ABC and seen 800 staff lose their jobs around the country. And in this year’s Budget Turnbull’s cut another $83.7 million.

The ABC isn’t just a source of entertainment, it’s a lifeline for our regional and rural communities. In times of disaster, the ABC is vital in keeping these communities connected with local news and emergency information.

But the ABC can’t keep wearing these cuts – something will end up giving.

That’s why Labor will reverse Turnbull’s $83.7 million cut, and why I’m so grateful you’ve put your name to the fight to save the ABC.

Of course the same week we hit this 50,000 signature milestone, the Turnbull Government voted against guaranteeing they would never privatise the ABC. So this is more important than ever.

We need your help.

Thanks again for your support

Bill

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