A well-funded, independent public broadcaster is essential for a healthy democracy, the Australian Greens say.
“At a time when trust in politics and public institutions is so low, the ABC’s reputation as the most trusted news source must be protected and enhanced,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“I would like to thank Michelle Guthrie for her honesty and commitment to the ABC’s special place in the hearts and minds of Australians during her time as General Manager.
“The ABC has faced budget cuts, frivolous ideological complaints, and weathered drastic changes in the media industry to remain one of the nation’s most valued public institutions.
“Whatever happens next, the ABC needs a strong advocate at the helm who will stand up to the relentless attacks from the Coalition Government and their anti-ABC cronies.
“Budget cuts, and legislative attacks that are still before the Senate must be opposed strongly.
“Australians love their public broadcaster and we’re not going to sit by while right wing politicians undermine it through budget cuts and vexatious attacks on its staff and journalists.
“Prime Minister Morrison should drop the three bills currently before the Senate immediately and tell Pauline Hanson and Tony Abbott their vendetta against the ABC won’t be entertained further.”