THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THE HON JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
CUTTING THE AUSTRALIA NETWORK = A BROKEN PROMISE
FRIDAY, 2 MAY 2014
If Tony Abbott accepts the advice of his Commission of Audit to cut funding from the Australia Network, he will be breaking an election promise.
A cut to the Australia Network is a cut to the ABC.
Before the election Tony Abbott promised hand on heart there would be no cuts to the ABC.
He said on SBS News the night before the election:
“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST, and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”
The ABC is funded to run the Australia Network. If Tony Abbott cuts it, he will have broken another promise to the Australian people.
The Australia Network is a vital public diplomacy tool that reaches up to 167 million households, giving Asia and the world an insight into Australian life and values.
Tony Abbott’s Commission of Audit has recommended that funding be cut from the Australia Network.
If Tony Abbott cuts the Australia Network he will have shown you can’t believe anything he says.