Anthony Albanese will be in Eden-Monaro with Labor’s candidate Kristy McBain today announcing that Labor plans to reverse $83.7m of cuts to the ABC “to save regional jobs, protect critical emergency broadcasting and support local news and content”.
We knew Labor wasn’t a fan of the cuts – but a commitment that an “Albanese Labor government will” reverse them (if elected) adds pressure to the government.
The Nationals candidate Trevor Hicks has also pledged to fight to reverse the cuts, so only Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs is left holding the government line.
In a statement, Albanese and McBain said:
ABC emergency coverage saved lives during the summer bushfires and staff came off leave to ensure Australians were kept informed. Now 250 dedicated ABC staff face the sack as a result of Scott Morrison’s cuts …This Saturday the people of Eden-Monaro have the chance to send the government a message: don’t cut ABC jobs, regional news or emergency broadcasting.”