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ABC cuts and comparisons

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Lyle Clark (Letters, 22 July) sadly did not apprehend the very simple point of my letter (15 July) re so-called cuts to the ABC. A ‘cut’ means you now receive ‘less’ than you had before.

Don Quixote-like, he tilted at windmills of ‘essential services’ (weather forecasts, emergency information, education programs, comedy and drama programs etc).

Presumably, he could not understand my simple and simply stated point that claims of ‘cuts’ are false. There has been increase after increase of funding (not, however, as much of it as hoped for by the ABC).

‘One of the confoundedly stupid’ (in his words), he missed the clearly stated point, which contained dollar amounts.

As to a footnote appended to my original letter, comparisons are odious but, if made, they should compare like with like. It is an elementary error to compare a government department with a non-government corporation. I was, however, surprised that the Department of Health was not invoked in the comparison.


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