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Bruce

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I support the ABC [and SBS too] as vital to our democracy and the ability to have ordinary people like us have their voices heard.  we will not get the truth if we lose our independent media voices.  the private companies such as Google and Facebook will soon have to clamp down on what is published by them, and they will be part of the chorus of the wealthy oppressing the not so wealthy.  let us work for an action plan of influencing our politicians to do the correct thing and preserve the independence of the ABC.  we don't know the full story of the latest shenanigans of the sacking of the CEO and the call for the sacking of the chairman [and others on the board yet to be named?], but it probably needs to come out in a court of law where hiding the facts or telling untruths is punishable.
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Barbara1

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 #32 
Well stated indeed Greg! But try getting the Truth covered by any media so best to expose this on social media for starters as there is a breach of some laws occurring here!
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Greg

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Can you believe today’s media reports? ABC Chairman Justin Milne, reportedly a former business partner of former PM Malcolm Turnbull, reportedly sacked ABC Managing Director Michele Gutherie after asking her to sack senior journalist Emma Alberici because Malcolm Turnbull and Mitch Fifield had complained about her reporting.

How come a former business partner of PM Malcolm Turnbull was appointed ABC Chairman?

How come the chairman of the ABC demanded the sacking of a reporter who offended his former business partner who was battling for his political future and his party’s grip on power ?

How come our MPs can have an ABC journalist sacked for adverse reports on them, their parties or their performance?

Has the law regarding ABC independence been broken by MPs or ABC directors? If so should they be prosecuted?

Has any director of the ABC breached any legal obligations under the ABC ACT to protect its independence? If so should they be prosecuted?

Do these actions by politicians and ABC directors have anything to do with the resolutions passed by the Liberal Party in June this year to sell of the ABC?

Has there been any deliberate act of collusion by any people to damage the value of the ABC to make it cheaper for a private media owner to buy?

I urge all voters interested in the future of the ABC, no matter where their sympathy lies, to join this discussion so that Australian voters can develop an effective strategy to achieve their preferred outcome in relation to the ABC and then persuade politicians to adopt that outcome.

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Barbara1

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The ABC MUST be funded adequately to provide coverage free of political direction as we will otherwise NOT have a true, fact-based media of any integrity.  This is VITAL for a healthy western democracy to function successfully!
Surveys indicate that over 80% of the Australian public TRUST the ABC reporting and significantly, most people in regional areas NEED the ABC to sustain their ability to hear reliable news and information.


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Greg

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Thanks Angus and Bill. There was comment that maybe Michele Gutherie did not have a powerful presence in Canberra. I don't know that influencing politicians should be the job of the ABC boss. That individual only gets one vote at elections. On the other hand it may be that ABC listeners and viewer carry quite a few votes. Should voters want that, those viewers and supporters could form an ABC Action Team within this network that periodically reminds politicians about their duty to voters in respect of the ABC. Let's see if we can get others to put their views in the middle so that we can understand what voters do want. Thanks for your views so far. Invite friends to join and have their say.
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Bill2

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I believe it is imperative that the ABC remains viable.  Their track record in raising and pursuing issues that are of crucial importance to us all is unmatched.  Our democracy requires an unbiased voice - not sure of the quote but whoever pays the piper calls the tune!!  We, voters, need to have a media presence that will continue to challenge vested interests and open up issues and foster discussion.

I completely support the notion of full funding for the ABC.  The reduction of funds is a travesty of democracy.
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Angus1

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 #37 
The ABC has a mandate to provide information/entertainment/sport/etc. etc. for Australians and also for overseas listeners.
My 'one man' survey would suggest that the electorate would rise up against any move to alter/ change mandate/ 
get rid of the ABC.
But Govt's only listen to those who are lobbying for commercial interests presently.
And do we think commercial interests (perhaps read 'Murdock) will stop this agitation to Govt ? ?
From what I read, a young man named 'Lachlain', is even more commercially driven than others. 
Removing Ms Guthrie from her CEO role, seems to have been due to the 'auntie team' ganging up on change.
Still, she could have handled the sensitivities somewhat better. 
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Greg

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The ABC is under attack and undoubtedly it has caused some of the angst itself.

Should the broadcaster be adequately funded to provide its audience with the level of coverage they expect, free of political direction or is it time for the ABC to be sacrificed to commercial TV and radio interests.

Today's removal of Michele Guthrie emphasises the fragile environment in which the ABC functions. Some politicians are taking exception to what it says and does.

What support does the ABC enjoy amongst the Australian public?

Please put your views forward, whateveer they are.

If the Austraian voters do not get into this issue, then the decisions will be made by politicians. Newspaper reports about the role of commercial media owners in the changing of prime ministers in recent years suggest that media competitors may be exerting some pressure on the ABC's future.  This a matter on which voters' views matter and should be taken into account.
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