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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4166 ..


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I am pleased to be moving this motion this morning which sets out the proposed sitting calendar for the coming calendar year, 2015. I thank members for their feedback and what would appear to be general support for the proposed sitting calendar based on the feedback that I have received to date. I am pleased that I have been able to make a number of adjustments to the earlier draft based on the feedback of members. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

ABC and SBS—funding cuts

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.09): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the Federal Coalition Government has announced extensive funding cuts to Australia’s public broadcasters SBS and ABC, and:

(a) the changes will cut more than $50 million from SBS and more than $250 million from the ABC over the next five years;

(b) the ABC has announced that about 10 percent of its staff—more than 400 people—are set to lose their jobs due to the cuts; and

(c) SBS is expected to increase the amount of advertising it shows to try and recover some of the lost funding;

(2) notes that the cuts to public broadcasting will have significant detrimental effects in the ACT, including:

(a) the loss of local employment, including an expected loss of eight staff at the local ABC;


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