After Christopher Pyne set an already high bar for hypocrisy by creating his petition against cutting South Australian ABC TV production, National Party Senators at Estimates last night managed to soar over it by demanding that ABC regional radio be quarantined from the $504.4 million of cuts their own Government is making.
Throughout a three and half hour grilling of ABC Managing Director Mark Scott, National Party Senators repeatedly demanded that he preserve funding and staff numbers to ABC regional radio services, despite the fact that they themselves are members of the Government responsible for cutting more than $500 million out of the ABC and SBS.
“Can you guarantee Mr Scott, or are you refusing to guarantee that there will be no cuts to staffing and programming at local radio for regional Australians that rely in the ABC?” – Senator Bridget McKenzie, The Nationals
In typical fashion National Party Senators roar like bulls in the Committee room but are quiet as mice in the joint party room.
Instead of banging the Senate Committee table, why don’t the Nationals bang on Joe Hockey’s door and demand that he reverse this $504.4 million dollar cut to the ABC and SBS budgets?
If Senator McKenzie it so concerned about preserving the ABC’s regional radio services why won’t she take her concerns up with Tony Abbott?
But even if National Party Senators could find their voice, it unlikely they’ll find much joy with Tony Abbott.
After all, it was Tony Abbott who, speaking on SBS News the night before the election promised:
“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to ABC or SBS.”
Since that lie Tony Abbott has cut more than $500 million from the ABC and SBS.
If the Nationals are looking for someone to blame over cuts to ABC services in regional Australia they should stop their shameless attacks in the ABC and instead look in the mirror.
For more information on the Abbott Government’s broken promises visit www.abbottslies.com.au
FRIDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2014
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