Submissions have opened for the Environment and Communications Reference Committee Senate Inquiry into political interference at the ABC.
"Now that submissions have opened, we can get the ball rolling on getting to the bottom of the extent of the political interference that has plagued the ABC board in recent weeks," Greens media spokesperson, and committee chair, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"Just today we have learned that the Communication Minister's hand-picked board member Donny Walford attended a Liberal Party fundraiser in Adelaide<https://indaily.com.au/news/2018/10/19/abc-board-member-attends-liberal-party-fundraiser/> - at a time when the Government has three Bills before the senate that undermine the independence of our beloved public broadcaster.
"The objective of this inquiry is to find solutions to what has clearly become an issue of political interference. We must work across party lines to help fix the problems of political interference and restore genuine independence at the ABC, as the Australian people, and our laws, expect.
"The Greens welcome the collaboration and cooperation that will be required to ensure this inquiry rises above party politics, and puts restoring the ABC's independence at its centre."
Details about lodging a submission can be found here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/ABCInterferenceAllegations