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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2995 ..

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 7: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Milligan

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation—funding levels

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (4.52): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of a well-funded and independent publicly-funded broadcaster for democracy, entertainment and cultural life in the ACT;

(b) that Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Canberra has been in existence for 65 years;

(c) that ABC Canberra is listened to and viewed by a significant proportion of Canberrans;

(d) the Federal Government has cut $282 million from the ABC since 2014, and $83.7 million over the past year; and

(e) these cuts have come at the expense of local programming for the ACT;

(2) calls on individual Members of the Assembly to:

(a) stand against cuts to the ABC; and

(b) tell the Assembly which way they voted in relation to privatisation of the ABC at the 2018 Liberal Party Federal Council; and

(3) further calls on the leaders of all parties in the Assembly to write a joint-letter to Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, to express concern over the Federal Government's cuts to the ABC.

I start by telling the Assembly that I have never voted or abstained in a vote to privatise the ABC at any Liberal Party federal council meeting, and I have every confidence that none of my Labor Assembly colleagues would have taken such action or inaction. I am pretty sure I can also say that in relation to our Greens members, but they may be able to clarify that in the debate.

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