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Petitioning Managing Director Mark Scott

Australian Broadcasting commission: Fair go for women's sport = equal and fulll length coverage, now!

Women's sport is as demanding, skillfull and brilliant to watch as men's - in my opinion more-so. The ABC had done wonderful work in building women's sport only to have it robbed from them by commercial challens when the audience has been built. So, we've lost the best coverage of Netball we had to commecial channels yet Netball is the biggest participation sport in the nation and there are many levels - if the ABC can't afford the Diamonds matches they could still suppor state competitons, etc. The ABC now support the WA League soccer but instead of a full game we get a 1hour edited package whilst the men get time before the match, time after and the full match shown, not to mention extensive commentary shows and new bulletins which often overlook the women's achievements altogether. This is as unfair as the disparity in wages for elite women athletes as compared with male athletes. I understand the difficulty in which parsimonious govrnments have placed our national broadcaster but let's fight back. ABC if you can't afford the top matches, at least opt for a focus on women's sport as your selling point and support it properly, full length, expert commentary and bios and supporting documentaries of women's achievements.

This is *perhaps* one of the last areas of significant discrimination against women - I'm not blaming the ABC but I am saying that they could do something about it and, very likely be rewarded with a really strong and supportive following - surely a mutually beneficial trade-off. Please review this ABC.

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