Subject:ABC: Bad news

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SIGN THE PETITION:
Stop new cuts to the ABC in 2020!


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Morrison's cuts will force the ABC to fire up to 200 staff.1

And who will they be?

Will they be the journos who risk their freedom to protect ours? Will they be the story-tellers creating the programs that help us understand ourselves? Will they be radio producers holding their communities together with emergency fire broadcasts?

These sackings are the ugly reality of Morrison's cuts to our national broadcaster – and he's going to try to cut even more from the ABC in the upcoming budget.2

But the fringe politicians who attack the ABC just don't get it.

They don't realise that more than 18 million of us rely on the ABC every week, or that more than 80% of us trust our national broadcaster.3

We have to come together and speak up – louder than these ideologues – for the broadcaster that gives us so much:

Will you sign the petition calling for a fully funded national broadcaster? We can't take the ABC for granted.

It's a powerful time to raise our voices.

Fresh-faced Liberal MPs understand the ABC's incredible popularity in their urban electorates. Old hands in the National Party know how much their remote constituencies rely on regional radio. This is bigger than party lines.

Because, at a time when social media giants and the commercial press divide us up to make a quick buck and sell newspapers, the ABC brings us together.

The broadcaster must finalise which staff will be sacked early next year, which means we have to raise our voices now:

No more sackings, no more cuts! Let our public broadcaster do its job – and bring every corner of this country together!

In defiance,
Patrick, Justine, Sarah and Tosca for the GetUp team

References:
[1] ABC to grapple with budget freeze, 200 redundancies expected, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 December 2019
[2] ABC funding slashed by $84m in budget to help broadcaster 'live within their means', The Guardian, 8 May 2018
[3] Australian Broadcasting Corporation Annual Report, 2019
 
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