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Extreme agenda exposed: Liberals push plan to sell ABC and SBS

The Coalition has let the extremist cat out of the bag, with Tony Abbott's Liberals pushing plans to privatise the ABC and SBS, the Greens warned today.

"When Parliament resumes the Greens will introduce a motion to test the Coalition's real intentions," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

Senator Ludlam said the Coalition had dropped its guard and revealed its extremism.

"The Coalition arrogantly assumes it will sail into office regardless of how extreme its policies are. The mask is slipping.

"With the concentration of private media ownership in Australia amongst the worst in the world, the last thing we need is the privatisation of the two public broadcasters. Our media is already dominated a two or three huge companies, it would be a disaster to have the public broadcasters devoured by them as well.

"This is another example of Mr Abbott's team taking their lead from the market fundamentalists at the Institute of Public Affairs.

"The Howard Government attacked funding for public broadcasting and stacked the ABC board with Liberal cheerleaders - the Coalition just can't be trusted to maintain our public broadcasters.

"Tony Abbott needs to give a concrete commitment today to support our national broadcasters staying in public hands. This is one of those times when he'd better put his position in writing."


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