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Bullying the public broadcaster: Threatening the ABC's role

Volume 10, Issue 1

April, 2004

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Dempster, Quentin. (2004). Bullying the public broadcaster: Threatening the ABC's role. Pacific Journalism Review, 10(1): 173-177.
Author(s): Quentin Dempster
Publication date: 
April, 2004

Public broadcasting in Australia has been under sustained attack for around 18-years now, both politically and through reduced funding. Although the Fraser Government (1975-1983) enacted legislation converting the ABC from the old broadcasting commission into a corporation (with its own borrowing and corporate treasury powers), the then Malcolm/Fraser/Doug/Anthony Liberal/National Coalition Government did not seem to hold more than the usual superficial grudges about our current affairs programmes' treatment of some  of their practitioners.