Chanting “No ifs, No buts. No ABC Cuts” they held placards declaring “Keep Your Dirty Hands off our ABC and SBS,” “Make Abbott a Horrible History,” “We Want All the News not News Ltd,” “Malcolm Turnbull Minister for Doublespeak.”
They listened to speeches from Tanya Plibersek, who said she had grown up with Play School and Doctor Who before moving on to Countdown and later becoming ‘more sensible’ watching Gardening Australia, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam warned, “We are going to relegate these people to an historic footnote. When you open up the book in the future and you find that little footnote at the bottom of the page it’s going to read like a warning to all future governments.”
ABC Presenter Quentin Dempster also defended SBS, emphasising its importance for “Delivering a sense of inclusion through multilingual services to our rapidly increasing migrant population including this country’s 600,000 Muslims.”
Community and Public Sector Union president Michael Tull warned, “Very few parts of the ABC are going to be saved.”
Tomorrow some 4000 ABC staff will learn where jobs will go, while SBS staff will also learn where the axe will fall.
More protests are planned:
Melbourne Rally – Federation Square, 12:30pm today
Canberra Rally – Parliament House, 11:30am Tuesday