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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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Nine/Fairfax deal a blow to public interest journalism

Media diversity in Australia has taken a hit today following the announcement of the Nine/Fairfax merger, The Greens say.

“This merger paints a sad reality of the media landscape in Australia. It is a dark day for public interest journalism,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“In this era of little faith in politics, and the rise in fake news, we need greater diversity and stronger public interest journalism. It is greatly disappointing to see our media diversity continue to be watered down.

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Time to end the import of ‘fake’ Aboriginal Art

The Australian Greens have announced today (Friday) they will introduce legislation to ban the import and sale of fake Aboriginal art, to overhaul the way Aboriginal art is marketed and sold, ensure its authenticity and protect the artists who produce it.

“For too long, Aboriginal artists have been ripped off and consumers have been duped by souvenirs imported to Australia from places like Indonesia and China where it is cheap to produce,” Greens arts and trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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SBS’s World Cup coverage recovery shows how value of public broadcasters

A Greens’ motion congratulating the SBS for taking over television World Cup matches to Australian soccer fans has passed the Senate.

“The Liberals may put us all to sleep on their ramblings on letting the private sector provide services to Australians – but thankfully the SBS was there to wake soccer fans up from the nightmare that was Optus’s screening of World Cup matches,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Telstra cuts show why public services must stay in public hands for public good; Greens

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

After a week of national service outages, Telstra have announced they will be cutting a quarter of their Australian workforce in a bid to improve customer service, a move labelled by the Greens as “nonsense”.

Australian Greens Telecommunications spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today’s announcement from Telstra was the inevitable result of the company’s privatisation over the last two decades.

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