Campaigns are at the heart of our work as ABC Alumni
ABC Alumni actively engages in a range of campaigns to support the ABC and the values of independent public broadcasting.
Our past campaigns have included issues such as media freedom, competitive neutrality, political interference in the ABC, the public broadcaster’s value as the Voice of Australia in Asia and the Pacific, and advocating the value of a well-funded, independent ABC in the lead-up to both the 2019 and the 2022 federal elections.
Currently we are turning our attention to the big-picture issue of press freedom and the need for a range of legislative changes to give greater protection to journalists and whistle-blowers. We see an urgent need to reverse the trend of the past decade that has led to Australia becoming more secretive, and less accountable, than almost every other comparable democracy in the world. Indeed, the Reporters Without Borders’ 2022 World Press Freedom Index of 180 nations places Australia at a dismal 39th, down from 19th in 2018.
We are continuing our long-running campaign to increase funding for ABC International’s reach into Asia and particularly the Pacific. While pleased to see progress in this area with the new Albanese Labor government’s commitment of a further $8m per year to deliver content to Pacific nations, we contend that more investment will be needed to properly re-establish the national broadcaster to its previous engagement in the region, prior to 2014 when the Coalition stripped more than $200m in funding for the ABC’s international television network.
Over time, we would also like to see further restoration of general operating funding, to at least partially redress the loss of programs and thousands of jobs as a result of the Coalition government, between 2014 and 2022, cutting more than half a billion dollars from the ABC’s core budget (and a total of more than $700m stripped from the ABC when including the 2014 cuts to funding allocations for ABC International).
As well, we are monitoring issues of concern to the community, such as changes to ABC Archives as part of the ongoing digitisation process and the new Complaints process following the appointment of an Ombudsman.
Other ongoing campaigns include monitoring misinformation about the ABC in certain sectors of the media, on social media and by organisations with a vested interest to damage or destroy the national broadcaster. For accurate information, click here for our ‘ABC Alumni Facts & Talking Points’ document.
GET INVOLVED IN OUR CAMPAIGNS
If you would like to get involved in any of our campaigns to help ensure a strong future for the ABC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alumni provides high profile speakers for events run by any organisation requesting our participation. We will outline our position on the ABC and answer questions, however we do not speak for the ABC nor do we endorse other organisations or have any affiliation with lobby groups, aside from a working relationship from time-to-time with ABC Friends.