Doug Foskey, Tregeagle
As one of Scomo’s quiet (but extremely concerned) Australians, who loves sitting on my verandah listening to my ABC 7.45am news, I am appalled that the government can cut funding even further for our already stretched ABC.
The ABC was one of the only ways that people knew what was happening in their area during the recent bushfires.
It seems that rural areas are not important enough to be immune from the funding cuts. We are now moving into a time (according to our Weather Bureau) of heightened wet weather, so at a greater risk of flood.
As quiet rural residents, we really need a properly funded ABC to assist us with rural news and rural programming, as well as being a reassuring voice during times of calamity. It seems, as rural quiet residents we can no longer rely on privately funded organisations (both radio and print) being available to fill any gap left by the depleted ABC.
So, my dear Federal government, there are even more Coalition seats in jeopardy next election – owing to your short sighted vision of what Australia really needs or wants. This is definitely one area of rural jobs that can be fixed, but not at the cost of other jobs in capital cities (because that support is also needed). Even less is the harebrained idea of moving the ABC from Sydney all the way to the Western Suburbs: this is a cost not required.
Please, Mr Morrison, fund the ABC adequately to perform the job of a reliable disseminator of information. Remember during the fires many Australians could not access the internet owing to infrastructure failures. AM/FM and TV are really important in these times.
A disappointed voter.