The Australian Greens welcomed this evening's launch of the Friends of SBS by praising the broadcaster as "a vital service bringing Australians of diverse backgrounds together".
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said SBS is an important cultural institution and deserves adequate public funding.
"SBS was the first multicultural broadcaster established in the world. Today SBS radio transmits in a different language every hour and more than seven million viewers watch SBS TV in 63 languages every week.
"SBS radio and television services are broadcast in more languages than any other network in the world. It is a service of which all Australians can be immensely proud.
"It is vital that SBS remains a strong public institution. Without proper public funding, the independence of SBS will be undermined as will its capacity to cater to all manner of target audiences - regardless of whether they are lucrative enough to attract advertising dollars.
"Parliamentary Friends of SBS will raise awareness amongst MPs and Senators about the fantastic work SBS does and what they can do to support that work."
The Launch will be held today, October 11th, from 6.00pm-8.00pm in the Sir Richard Baker Room, Parliament House, Canberra.
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