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 IS A BROKEN PROMISE
WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2014
Tony Abbott’s $200 million Budget cut to the ABC’s Australia Network is a clear broken promise.
The ABC was funded to run the Australia Network.
So 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 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.
Yesterday, Tony Abbott ripped the ABC contract to shreds and abolished the network.
Tony Abbott said there would be no cuts to the ABC. Last night he cut the ABC showing the Australian people that they can’t believe anything he says.