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Motion to support SBS

SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE CORPORATION

Senator BOB BROWN (Tasmania-Leader of the Australian Greens) (3.50 pm)-I, and also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes:

(i) the unique national broadcasting service that the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) provides to the Australian community,

(ii) the invaluable role that the SBS plays in promoting a multicultural Australia and the services it provides to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds, and

(iii) that the inadequate funding provided to the SBS has resulted in the SBS having to undertake in-program advertising; and

(b) calls on the Government to ensure adequate funding and support for the SBS, free from political and commercial interference.

Question agreed to.

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