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ABC will continue to lose out under Liberals

Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget has confirmed cuts to the ABC will continue under the Liberals, the Greens say.

 

“This is a government that has undermined the integrity of the ABC again and again and now, in this budget, they’ve locked in further cuts. The ABC needs a boost in funding, and under this government it continues to lose out,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Greens media reform package puts public interest journalism front and centre

The Australian Greens media reform package turns the blow torch on the big corporate media giants and places quality, public interest journalism front and centre. With an inquiry to break up media concentration, a review of the social media giants and a series of tax changes and transparency measures we’ll be making sure the public interest is prioritised ahead of profits.

 

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Strengthening media diversity and stopping the spread of misinformation and hate

Strengthening media diversity and stopping the spread of misinformation and hate

Australia has one of the most concentrated media markets in the world. We know that to have a healthy democracy we need a healthy media and ours is trending in the wrong direction.

 

The Greens will prioritise stronger media diversity with a comprehensive plan. We will:

•             establish an inquiry into breaking up current media concentration;

•             implement a suite of policies designed to encourage diversity and support public interest journalism; and

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Independent process must be followed in ABC appointments

Ita Buttrose must be considered by the independent nomination panel before cabinet names the next ABC chair, the Greens say.

 

“If the Morrison Government wants to nominate Ms Buttrose, it must go through the proper channels,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“Five months have passed since the Government was caught in a web of political interference at the ABC. They still have not learned their lesson.

 

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Greens announce plan to boost Australia’s creative industries

The Australian Greens are announcing their policy to establish a Creativity Commission and bolster our local creative industries at this year’s Screen Forever conference.

 “Our economy and our industries are rapidly changing. A creativity commission would give Australians the resources and the license to think about things differently to maximise success,” Greens arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Our nation needs strong public interest journalism

Today’s ACCC decision green-lighting the merger of Nine and Fairfax is another wake-up call to why we need strong, independent public broadcasters, the Greens say.

 

“Public interest journalism is a vital part of a functioning democracy. This merger of two major commercial players paints a sad picture of the media landscape in Australia,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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ABC is the answer to soft-diplomacy in Asia-Pacific

The Greens will move for responsibility and funding to be restored to the ABC to share content with the Asia-Pacific region in the Senate next week.

 

“It is high time the Morrison Government gave the ABC back its job, sharing its world-class content and journalism in our region. Next week in the Senate, I will call on the Government to do so,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

 “The ABC is creating high-quality Australian drama and kids TV that audiences love. If that wasn’t enough, we know it is also our most trusted news source.

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ABC political interference will be investigated

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate’s support in establishing an inquiry into the ABC, which will investigate recent instances of political interference and the undermining of the broadcaster’s independence.

 

“The political interference that has plagued the ABC will now be investigated with the aim to clear the cloud over our beloved public broadcaster’s future independence,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Senate must work together to clear the air on ABC interference

The cloud that hangs over the independence of the ABC has come no closer to being cleared following the release of the Government’s departmental review today.

 

“The Department report raises more question than answers about the issues plaguing the ABC. This review is a white-wash that attempts to save the Morrison Government from any scrutiny for the part it has played in the ABC’s leadership turmoil,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Acting ABC chair will not solve governance problems

The Government’s ABC acting chair appointment is not going to give the broadcaster the fresh start it needs, the Greens say.

 

“The ABC Board needs a fresh start, not a game of musical chairs,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“The Minister has stacked the board with Government mates, undermined the ABC’s independence and this week’s turmoil is his failure.

 

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