Write a letter

Write to your local member, Ministers, ABC Board and Management (Contact details below)

Click here to download a sample letter

In your own words, let politicians know:

  • Your appreciation of what the ABC brings to your life—through television, radio and online—is passionate.
  • Your immovable belief that the ABC belongs to the people of Australia; that it must be well-resourced to be an independent, comprehensive and innovative broadcaster; and that it must maintain its high standard of news, current affairs, and quality Australian drama.
  • Your commitment to the principle that independence can only be guaranteed if the ABC is fully funded by government.
  • Your conviction, that ABC independence must not be compromised by government intervention or risked through advertising, sponsorship or commercial deals.
  • Your understanding that the ABC is seriously underfunded. ABC base triennial funding be restored to its 1985/86 level in real terms and delivered in a manner that upholds the ABC’s independence.

Include some or all of the following points;

  • According to surveys done over the last six years, 80% of Australians trust the ABC above all other media.
  • Funding for the ABC has halved over the last thirty years. What was 8 cents per day for each Australian has now dropped to 4 cents a day.
  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which examines complaints about television and radio content, conducted some 200 ABC investigations between the years 2012 and 2017. In all those investigations it found but one breach of impartiality and none of accuracy.
  • As can be seen recently, Liberal Party members, commercial media owners and right wing extremists, want to privatise the ABC. These people do not understand the importance In a democracy of an independent public broadcaster which plays a vital role in courageous and accurate reporting and which commercial media would never take on.
  • No other media organisation covers issues in depth, in science, religion, education, philosophy, the arts, and rural and regional matters, and so much more.

Politicians

  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP
    Prime Minister
    Parliament House
    Canberra, ACT 2600
    Phone: 02 6277 7700
    Fax: 02 6277 4100
    Email (and further info about writing): https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

ABC Board

Members of the ABC Board can be contacted using the following details:

  • c/o ABC Secretariat
    14th floor 700 Harris St
    Ultimo NSW 2007
    Email: board@your.abc.net.au
    Phone: 02 8333-5312
  • Ita Buttrose
    Chairman & the ABC Board
    c/o ABC Secretariat
    GPO Box 9994 Sydney NSW 2001

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Australian Parliament
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Australian Electoral Commission (AEC)
https://aec.gov.au/

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