Motions: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

3 December 2019

Senator McGrath: I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, for the first time since 1952, the ABC will not have a live radio broadcast of the Olympic Games; and

(b) expresses disappointment that the ABC has indicated that it will not reverse its decision not to broadcast the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Senator Patrick: I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator Patrick: For the first time since 1952 the ABC, our national broadcaster, will not have a live radio broadcast of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. It's not because the ABC doesn't want to do that; it's simply because of the freezes that have occurred in the budget. These repeated effective funding cuts from government result in reduced program content and uncertainty amongst its staff.

Senator McGrath interjecting

Senator Patrick: We will, of course, support the motion, but I find it ironic that Senator McGrath is interjecting across the chamber when he is the person who is calling for them to cover the events.

Question agreed to.

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