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How to find your Parliamentary Representative

Australian Parliament
http://www.aph.gov.au/

Search for Senators and Members
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members

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

Find my Electorate
http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/

Write a letter

Write to Politicians, ABC Board and Management (Contact details below)

Write to the ABC Board and ABC Management. Online petitions are easy to use. But sending your own letter has a great impact.

If you want to maintain an independent public broadcaster, then you must speak out.

Overwhelming public support in 1996 prevented the Mansfield Review from doing ‘the job’ on the ABC it was established to do. Many actions have influenced decision-makers since.

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.

Seek the Chairman’s assurance that he will ensure the ABC flourishes as Australia’s truly independent national public broadcaster—independent of government influence and uncompromised by commercial activities.

Independence

Independence from government and business allows the ABC to scrutinise the activities of governments and other powerful forces, to report without fear or favour.

Independence enables the ABC to be innovative, and to be a comprehensive broadcaster catering for diverse interests. Unlike commercial broadcasters it is not restricted to providing only what advertisers will pay for.

You action is needed to ensure the ABC’s independence is not lost – through government interference or back-door commercialisation.

For details of your local federal senators and members: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members

Politicians

  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
    Prime Minister
    Parliament House
    PO Box 6022, House of Representatives
    Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600
    Phone: 02 6277 7700
    Fax: 02 6277 4100
    Web: www.malcolmturnbull.com.au

  • Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
    Minister for Communications
    Parliament House
    Canberra, ACT 2600
    Phone:
    02 6277 7480
    Fax:
    02 6273 4138
    Web
    www.mitchfifield.com

ABC Board

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

Protest to the Government and/or ask Labor what it will do for the ABC

Tell Liberal & National politicians:

  • I value the ABC.
  • Our treasured national public broadcaster must be well funded and remain free from commercial influence and political interference.
  • The ABC’s international broadcasting is important to build good relations with people in other countries.
  • In cutting the ABC’s funding and shutting down Australia Network, the Coalition has broken its pre-election promise not to cut the ABC.
  • Ask: What will the Government do to rebuild the ABC and address its broken promises?

Identify & contact your local MP and Senators:
Enter your postcode in the Keyword search box on this linked page:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members