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.