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Greens announce plan to fix NBN, protect digital rights and ensure our digitally-connected world is accessible 

The Australian Greens have announced a comprehensive plan to ensure Australian game developers, innovators, tech entrepreneurs, creatives, and artists have the support, environment, and infrastructure to flourish and every Australian enjoys strong safeguards for digital privacy, security and safety online.

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Our nation needs strong public interest journalism

Today’s ACCC decision green-lighting the merger of Nine and Fairfax is another wake-up call to why we need strong, independent public broadcasters, the Greens say.

 

“Public interest journalism is a vital part of a functioning democracy. This merger of two major commercial players paints a sad picture of the media landscape in Australia,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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ABC is the answer to soft-diplomacy in Asia-Pacific

The Greens will move for responsibility and funding to be restored to the ABC to share content with the Asia-Pacific region in the Senate next week.

 

“It is high time the Morrison Government gave the ABC back its job, sharing its world-class content and journalism in our region. Next week in the Senate, I will call on the Government to do so,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

 “The ABC is creating high-quality Australian drama and kids TV that audiences love. If that wasn’t enough, we know it is also our most trusted news source.

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ABC political interference will be investigated

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate’s support in establishing an inquiry into the ABC, which will investigate recent instances of political interference and the undermining of the broadcaster’s independence.

 

“The political interference that has plagued the ABC will now be investigated with the aim to clear the cloud over our beloved public broadcaster’s future independence,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Senate must work together to clear the air on ABC interference

The cloud that hangs over the independence of the ABC has come no closer to being cleared following the release of the Government’s departmental review today.

 

“The Department report raises more question than answers about the issues plaguing the ABC. This review is a white-wash that attempts to save the Morrison Government from any scrutiny for the part it has played in the ABC’s leadership turmoil,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Acting ABC chair will not solve governance problems

The Government’s ABC acting chair appointment is not going to give the broadcaster the fresh start it needs, the Greens say.

 

“The ABC Board needs a fresh start, not a game of musical chairs,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“The Minister has stacked the board with Government mates, undermined the ABC’s independence and this week’s turmoil is his failure.

 

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ABC board needs a reset

The ABC needs a fresh start to move past this horror week for the board dogged by continued allegations of political interference, the Greens say.

 

“It’s not a matter of if, but when, chair Justin Milne vacates his position at the head of the ABC board. To give the ABC a fresh start and set it back on track, the next chair must be appointed with bipartisan support,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Greens to seek urgent inquiry into ABC Board political interference

The Australian Greens are calling for an urgent senate hearing with the ABC board to investigate political interference with staffing and reporting at the broadcaster.

 

“The ABC must be free of political interference. Revelations that the ABC chair demanded a journalist be sacked to appease the Government must be investigated as a matter of urgency,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

  

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Milne must go

Justin Milne has proven he cannot be trusted as the chair of our public broadcaster and must stand down, the Greens say.

 

“Mr Milne’s position is untenable. As the chair of an organisation that is supposed to be independent of Government, Milne has shown he can’t be trusted with the ABC,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“Protecting the ABC from political interference is the most important responsibility of the Chair. 

 

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ABC must stand strong against attacks from Coalition Government & Murdoch

A well-funded, independent public broadcaster is essential for a healthy democracy, the Australian Greens say.

 

“At a time when trust in politics and public institutions is so low, the ABC’s reputation as the most trusted news source must be protected and enhanced,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“I would like to thank Michelle Guthrie for her honesty and commitment to the ABC’s special place in the hearts and minds of Australians during her time as General Manager.

 

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