To the Honourable Tony Abbott, MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
There Sir, I have addressed you correctly Prime Minister Abbott. Perhaps you may care to read this.
From the age of four when I first went to school, I was exposed to the ABC, via the loud speakers in the classroom. Perhaps it was the Children's hour. I really can't recall. By the age of seven, I was watching Felix the Cat on our ABC and being spooked by Dr Who. As an older teenager, I was watching Countdown on our ABC. By my early twenties I had discovered ABC radio. Not long after, I really discovered the brilliance of ABC TV and in the subsequent years both radio and tv went from strength to strength and wow, how well has it stepped into the digital age.
I trusted you when you said before you were elected that you would not cut funding to my ABC. But you lied and have cut funding. It has being very interesting to observe how your ministers attempt to explain the cuts, phrasing them as savings that need to be made, rather than cuts. You know and I know, that is a load of tosh. You have cut ABC funding and you said you would not.
Absurdly, your extreme right Minister Pyne is involved in a Face Book group to save facilities from cuts to our ABC in Adelaide. My eyes really did roll at that.
Well Prime Minister, others have cut the ABC budget before you and ended up in grief but some have increased the ABC budget and still ended up in grief. I expect the ups and downs of budgets for our ABC as part of the political process. But why did you lie?
And now to Managing Director of our ABC. Mark Scott, any time I have heard you speak, I have been impressed by you. You are are living in difficult times. If the suggestion that we will no longer have state editions of 7.30 on Friday nights is a ploy to create agitation against the cuts, it is working because I am extremely concerned.
I will put it simply, do not cut our once a week state editions of 7.30. It is already obvious the local editions work on a shoestring. There surely can't be much saved there.