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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Thousands rally in Sydney against ABC cuts

Thousands rally in Sydney against ABC cuts

Thousands of Sydney protesters rally against ABC funding cuts


Thousands of people have gathered at Sydney's Town
Hall to protest against government funding cuts to Australia's public
It is one in a series of public demonstrations
scheduled to take place across the country in response to the Federal
Government's decision to cut $50 million a year from the ABC's budget
over the next five years.

The rally in Sydney was attended by
thousands, including Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Greens
Senator Scott Ludlam and the ABC's Quentin Dempster.

"We are not alone because this is happening
in every city ... people are organising to challenge and confront, and
ultimately defeat, the people who brought us these cuts," Senator Ludlam
said at the protest.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed this week that $254 million would be cut from the ABC's federal funding over the five-year period.

will be significant job losses at the ABC in the wake of the budget
cut, the national broadcaster's chief executive Mark Scott has

Mr Scott said he will detail the number of redundancies during an all-staff address on Monday.

The Government said the ABC should be able to find savings by implementing efficiencies.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the cuts were part of an agenda to undermine the public broadcaster.

is a clear case that Tony Abbott is going after his political critics
because he just doesn't like people who disagree with Tony Abbott's
narrow view of the world," Mr Shorten said.

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