Alan Veacock, Ballina Country Labor
At its most recent meeting the Ballina branch of Country Labor discussed in great detail the continuing concentration of Australian media markets, along with the continuing attacks and revenue cutbacks on our public broadcaster the ABC by the current federal coalition government.
Our membership overwhelmingly resolved to totally support recent media statements by our Richmond MP Justine Elliott that a Bill Shorten-led Labor government will reverse the latest $80 million cut to the ABC.
Justine also stated, ‘Protecting the ABC and SBS from the Liberal and National Party’s shameful idealistic cuts is critical, and Labor will always fight for public broadcasting. Labor will also explore every avenue to protect and bolster media diversity.
‘Labor opposed and voted against the repeal of the two-out-of-three rule in parliament because democracy suffers if you have too few media voices; workers suffer when mergers inevitably lead to job losses; and citizens, consumers and communities get less diversity, less coverage and less choice.’