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Don’t Merge ABC & SBS: Greens

Any merger of the ABC and SBS would be in name only, it would more closely resemble a takeover of SBS and NITV by the ABC, the Australian Greens said today.

"What SBS and NITV are able to accomplish with comparatively tiny budgets is extraordinary, and the value of these services goes far beyond the purely economic," Australian Greens Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Coalition refuses to drop plan to privatise ABC

The Coalition today refused to rule out selling the ABC, voting against a Greens motion reaffirming the Parliament's commitment to keeping the broadcaster in public hands.

"Today the Greens tested the Coalition's real intentions, and it turned out Malcolm Turnbull's fine words are as useful as a non-core promise," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens disappointment at Fried Bananas

Today the Australian Greens expressed shock and dismay at the ABC's axing of Bananas in Pyjamas - an iconic program with 380,000 viewers nationally.

"While the ABC is expected to do more with less, management have made a series of very unfortunate decisions of late," said Greens communications spokesperson, WA Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Frying B1 and B2 lets down young viewers and slashing the Hobart television production unit in November last year with one hour's notice to staff did not help the ABC fulfil its Charter obligations.

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Extreme agenda exposed: Liberals push plan to sell ABC and SBS

The Coalition has let the extremist cat out of the bag, with Tony Abbott's Liberals pushing plans to privatise the ABC and SBS, the Greens warned today.

"When Parliament resumes the Greens will introduce a motion to test the Coalition's real intentions," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

Senator Ludlam said the Coalition had dropped its guard and revealed its extremism.

"The Coalition arrogantly assumes it will sail into office regardless of how extreme its policies are. The mask is slipping.

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Greens celebrate budget win for SBS

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has thanked the many people who campaigned strongly for improved resourcing for SBS.

"In a tight budget in which many portfolios faced serious cuts, the fortunes of SBS have swum against the tide. No doubt, we could always have hoped for more, and indeed the finances of the station will remain tight for years to come. But the additional commitment of $158 million is the most significant funding boost the SBS has ever had.

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