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Lyle Clarke, East Ballina

Some information for Jim Rose regarding his letter on ABC funding.

Our taxes pay for public emergency, health and education services. The people involved in these professions ‘earn’ their salaries because they provide an essential service.

ABC employees also ‘earn’ their funding by providing many essential services.

To name a few: news/weather forecasts, as well as emergency information for regional and remote communities.

Education programs, which are used in schools across the country. Home grown Australian comedy and drama. Programs exposing injustice and corruption, as well as stories about various Australian and overseas cultures and communities.

The ABC provides watchers and listeners with access to a wide variety of genres of music and has always been a strong supporter of Australian performance and visual arts projects.

The ABC is allotted funding for three years, and this amount is fixed. Come the last budget the last amount was reduced. That sounds like a cut to me.

The present funding nowhere near replaces these agreed amounts.

One of the ‘confoundly’ stupid.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. An excellent reply to a ridiculous letter Lyle, isn’t it a real shame that there are a minority of people in our community who are so dismissive of great Australian institutions like the ABC. People in countries with authoritarian Govts. are literally dying to have a free and UNBIASED media, this is why we have to fight so hard to keep it so. This Conservative Govt. has had the ABC. in its sights and have reduced its funding in every budget, (CUTS) since the Howard Govt. first identified it as a problem to their re-election chances, and are likely to succeed if given anymore time in Govt.. And Lyle you are definitely not one of the “confoundly stupid”, there are other candidates in our area who qualify for that title.

  2. Minority of people Keith ? You may have meant the
    Majority…. unbiased Media Keith? that would not mean the ABC ? …iam a Major shareholder in the ABC and the Majority of shareholders are not happy with the ABCs Bias coverage of political
    Matters in Australia and especially in the USA
    The KPis are put forward in most companies at board level meetings to access performance reviews etc .
    .. well keith who are the ABC answerable to in
    Those board meetings? well knowone of course !!
    Just like minded taxpayer employees pats on the backs all-around Bravo Bravo !!! Well keith that is about to change !! Watch this space… the Management have been put on notice !! And not before time…

  3. The ABC provides a wonderful service for all Australians. The quality programs, news, current affairs documentaries, and stories about Australia and Australians, are worth much more funding, not cuts. If not for the wonderful ABC journalists asking questions and demanding answers of our politicians, on OUR behalf, we’d have no idea what our governments were doing in our name and with our money.

    That’s why politicians are trying to starve the ABC out of existence, or at least gut it, so Murdoch can buy it cheaply. Anyone who thinks that would be good deal for Australians is more than ‘confoundly stupid’.

    I object to my taxes being wasted flying two politicians, whose contributions are questionable to say the least, from Brisbane to Canberra at a cost of $63,000 to taxpayers, not for the benefit of taxpayers, but so they could participate in ousting the then prime Minister.

    I also object to politicians, who contribute little to the Australian community, charging taxpayers many hundreds of thousands of $ for five star accommodation, comcars, and to charter helicopters to fly a few kilometres. Also those who charge taxpayers for accommodation to unnecessarily stay in Canberra when parliament isn’t sitting. Seems taxpayers were funding the subsequent pregnancy of the politician’s staffer. What a great investment on behalf of taxpayers. Unlike the ABC, it appears politicians who contribute the least cost taxpayers the most. Perhaps we should palm them off to Murdoch.

    I strongly object to billions of taxpayers’ money being spent torturing refugees on Manus and Nauru Islands. Those people could be working and contributing to Australia (unlike so many pollies) and paying tax, as millions of refugees, who fled war torn Europe after World War 11, have done.

  4. I’m a shareholder in the ABC as well… [We all are].
    I even have the photographs of interviews held
    from my TV appearances that go back a long way.
    It’s a hard working family, Barrow. That’s why the
    polly-wants-a-cracker would like to get their hands
    on it.

  5. Louise we are the most over governed country
    In the world , Snouts In the trough and how !
    However who would want to be a politician?
    As for the Billions on refugees!! What a disgrace
    Labor – Greens should be ashamed 1200 or so men , women and children had drowned Trying
    To get to Australia under their watch Louise …
    Have you ever heard an apology from the Greens ?
    Or Labor ? Well i have not … torturing the Refugees
    Louise ? Try explaining this to the 250.000 homeless including 40.000 teens on the streets at anyone time in Australia , louise seriously the conditions those Refugees have are by far the best in the world .. free housing , 3 meals a day , free phone , free internet, free TV , pools , Gyms , free cloths , free medical, including dental, doctors and
    Nurses on call , and welfare allowances … thats just on Manus etc. When they arrive in Australia
    Once again free rent , all medical, lump sum payments , white goods package.. all compliments
    To the Taxpayer’s 10 billion thus far !! Tortured
    Louise???? Please try and explain the above to the
    250.000 of our own Refugees in Australia THE HOMELESS, that the Refugees on Manus are doing it tough.. so many homeless i chat to wish
    They were a Refugee ,why ?? Have empathy and compassion for all the Refugees worldwide.. however to suggest torture is a insult to our Homeless…

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