"Public and community broadcasting is more important than ever as the ownership of the private media becomes increasingly concentrated," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today as he attended the Inquiry into the ABC.
"Media diversity is vital to the health of our democracy and civil society and in this country media diversity is in retreat.
"The number of people controlling the commercial media is shrinking at an alarming rate. The role of public and community broadcasters in presenting a diverse range of viewpoints from across the country - particularly remote and regional Australia - is more crucial than ever before.
"We need our public broadcasters to be properly funded and resourced and to be free from political interference, and we need our community broadcasters to be supported in their work to provide a forum for local content, local artists and fresh perspectives on the events that shape our lives."
Senator Ludlam said he welcomed the contribution of the Friends of the ABC Western Australia, Sandy Cotton, Dr Harry Cohen AM, and the Community and Public Sector Union of WA.
"For ABC staff to do their job properly - a job absolutely vital to the community - they need secure employment, independence, and adequate resources.
"The ABC's charter enshrines the importance of providing services to regional audiences. Regional services have suffered with studio closures and staff-cuts. We want to see more regional production and more local content. The ABC is the national broadcaster, not the Sydney-Melbourne broadcaster, and resourcing needs to reflect that."