Decision Maker Response

Nick Xenophon’s response

Jun 30, 2016 — Strengthening ABC should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

I pledge to use our numbers in the new parliament to push for greater funding for the ABC, as well as ensuring regional content, and a restoration of the ABC’s Fact Check.

I introduced a Bill following budget cuts in 2014 which saw the ABC axe local production in Adelaide as well as the state based editions of the 7.30 Report but it was not supported by the major parties.

The Nick Xenophon Team is proposing amendments to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 which will ensure:

1. A ten year funding model for the ABC rather than the current triennial funding model;
2. Restoring ABC cuts made in the 2014 budget, coupled with a requirement for regional content in states such as SA;
3. Restoring the ABC’s Fact Check program which is set to be axed after the election.