An Albanese Labor Government will reverse Scott Morrison’s $83.7 million cut to the ABC to save regional jobs, protect critical emergency broadcasting and support local news and content.
Territorians living in remote areas already face significant communications challenges. Now 250 dedicated ABC staff face the sack as a result of Scott Morrison’s $83.7 million funding cut to the ABC.
These cuts are a further loss to regional and remote Australians, who lost access to shortwave radio in 2017 due to intense budget constraints by the Coalition Government.
The slicing of shortwave radio cut people off from emergency broadcasts and an important connection to the rest of Australia.
The ABC works tirelessly to support local communities across Australia, particularly through cyclones, drought, bushfires and now coronavirus.
On Territory Day, at a time when we are celebrating Territory voices and stories, we acknowledge the important role the ABC plays in amplifying local stories and connecting Territorians to the rest of the nation.
As the representatives for the Northern Territory, we would like to thank the hardworking ABC staff serving our region for their dedication.