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excerpts from http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/14/1094927558552.html

Labor vowed to pump $175 million into the ABC and Australian film and television production if it won next month's federal election.

A boost of $100 million to the national broadcaster would be used to broadcast a dedicated children's digital TV multi channel, extend Triple J and NewsRadio to regional Australia and establish a north Queensland television news service based in Townsville.

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Mr Tanner said Labor would restore the ABC's independence by implementing a new ABC board appointment policy, with a short-listing process independent from the minister.

Friends of the ABC spokesman Terry Laidler welcomed Labor's policy, saying it was the first turnaround in 20 years of decline for the national broadcaster.

"Labor's funding promise is the first sign of spring in what has been a long cold winter for the ABC," he said.

"It is an encouraging beginning."

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The trouble is the Howard Administration has taken a hell of a lot out of the public sector. Funding cuts and higher rates of taxation have been behind the hugh surplus. His business mates do the same with businesses they off load.. strip it bare and maintain a fascade.

I remember how much the liberal Griener in NSW stripped out of public health and education, and Labor is still behind the 8-ball in [catching up - puitting back what was taken out] providing those services.

There is a big difference in providing efficient and economical services and just cutting services. It is easy just cutting services and much harder ensuring services are both provided efficently and economically and really Howard has not done the hard work. As for Howard et al. promising new or more efficient services - I simply do not trust them.

Although the main reason I'm not for them is for their treatment of refuge children. It totally disgusts me how they have treated -locked up these chiildren

First hand, I've seen how much his taken out of unis -especially in areas of research... so it will take a hell of a lot of funding to bring Auntie back to what is was before Howard appeared.

At least it is a step in the right direction if [and it is a strong if that is] Labor comes to power.

I'm afraid you will find ABC services and programes will further diminish [in quality and innovative terms] if Howard is re-elected, and you can say the same in regards to other public services.

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The trouble is the Howard Administration has taken a hell of a lot out of the public sector. Funding cuts and higher rates of taxation have been behind the hugh surplus. His business mates do the same with businesses they off load.. strip it bare and maintain a fascade.

I remember how much the liberal Griener in NSW stripped out of public health and education, and Labor is still behind the 8-ball in [catching up - puitting back what was taken out] providing those services.

There is a big difference in providing efficient and economical services and just cutting services. It is easy just cutting services and much harder ensuring services are both provided efficently and economically and really Howard has not done the hard work. As for Howard et al. promising new or more efficient services - I simply do not trust them.

Although the main reason I'm not for them is for their treatment of refuge children. It totally disgusts me how they have treated -locked up these chiildren

First hand, I've seen how much his taken out of unis -especially in areas of research... so it will take a hell of a lot of funding to bring Auntie back to what is was before Howard appeared.

At least it is a step in the right direction if [and it is a strong if that is] Labor comes to power.

I'm afraid you will find ABC services and programes will further diminish [in quality and innovative terms] if Howard is re-elected, and you can say the same in regards to other public services.

But if all these problems were easy to fix it would have been done, while we would all like more money spending here an there, if that was possible surley they would have done that.

I am worried about the health system too, along with the hidious plans to increase UNI frees, but seriously, I can see how any of these problems can easily be solved with some Labor spending spree that will once again run the country into the ground.

I think part of UNI problem is that too many people are going to uni, seems like young people are being told they are somkind of failure unless they go to uni, I know countless people with degrees, or unfinished degrees that don't work with anything even partially related to it. Seems like your some kind of failure if you want to be a builder or electrican. Seems like a degree has become some kind of status symbol thats costing the tax payer a fortune.

What has Peter Costello got to gain by NOT spending? Its not like he gets to get $20 billion and shove it his back pocket for personal use. There has to be a reason behind it.

Danny.

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I think part of UNI problem is that too many people are going to uni, seems like young people are being told they are somkind of failure unless they go to uni, I know countless people with degrees, or unfinished degrees that don't work with anything even partially related to it. Seems like your some kind of failure if you want to be a builder or electrican. Seems like a degree has become some kind of status symbol thats costing the tax payer a fortune.

You need the degrees and diplomas to get and/or keep a decent job -that pays well.

Gone are the days when employers chipped in for the cost of training [apprenticeships, cadetships]- Most young ppl will have HECS Debts around their necks to start-off their working lives. Many I see, live in poverty, whilst completing their training then have a hugh debt to re-pay after they start working -in their chosen field or not.

status....you mean like having the best car... I don't know ....for most ppl its about getting a decent job that pays well....I suppose then you can have the big house trophy wife ,,,latest DTV...

I'm sure Mr Costello will get a lot "kickbacks ...look at Alston :blink:

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You need the degrees and diplomas to get and/or keep a decent job -that pays well.

I guess you have a point there. Id'd like the comment on the Diploma part though, thats generally not seen as good enough by most employers, even though TAFE diplomas require general a much much more hands on and practical approach to the subject, including at least twice as much contact time as uni, and for $700 a year to boot. But sadly this great educational avenue is not prestegious enough.

Gone are the days when employers chipped in for the cost of training [apprenticeships, cadetships]- Most young ppl will have HECS Debts around their necks to start-off their working lives. Many I see, live in poverty, whilst completing their training then have a hugh debt to re-pay after they start working -in their chosen field or not.

Yeah, its a **** hey, employers a complete tools for shopping for employees only with degress, its needlessly forcing up standards. 15 years ago, you got a degree if you wanted to become a lawyer, doctor, engineer etc. Now you need a marketing degree to sell a BMW.

status....you mean like having the best car... I don't know ....for most ppl its about getting a decent job that pays well....I suppose then you can have the big house trophy wife ,,,latest DTV...

Yes thats right, what will the neighbours think if they find out we don't have a degree! Or a BMW sold to us buy a guy with a degree! Imagine if they found out out son is becoming a plumber and our daughter a haridresser!

I'm sure Mr Costello will get a lot "kickbacks ...look at Alston

Yeah okay, well sure all pollys give themselves some kickbacks, bit is a piss in the ocean really, my point is that he hasn't given him self a kick back of 20 billion dollars, a couple of million maybe.

Danny.

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Id'd like the comment on the Diploma part though, thats generally not seen as good enough by most employers,

Spot on Danny they rather have someone with an ARTS degree...go figure

most people with a diploma would have more practical experience as most will be doing it part time while in a job

cheers laurie

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I'm sure Mr Costello will get a lot "kickbacks ...look at Alston  :blink:

Yep, it is very annoying when these "retired" pollies go into "consultancy" business with their contacts in business and government.

Look at the last bunch of ex Prime Ministers.

On the Labor side dear old Gough went in to some sort of "maintain the rage" semi-retirement flogging office equipment and later on some form of packaged foodstuffs.

Hawkie, the workers mate, jumped on the gravy-train fairly quickly, sticking his nose into international business dealings and gambling.

Keating, well who knows exactly what he's up to now. He shuns the limelight and nurses his damaged ego. There was something to do with piggeries, but he got out of that when the pigs felt their reputations were being harmed by his involvement. There was some talk of the former "World's greatest Treasurer" working for some organisation in a civilised European country (the "European Option") but I think the Europeans probably agreed with the pigs.

And on the Liberal side there's that aloof, haughty Liberal ex PM, old Mal Fraser. While some of his Labor contemporaries were exploiting their former roles for whatever commercial value they'd have, dear old Mal was working for charities.

Kinda wierd, eh?

Cheers

JB

Oh, and then there's Gareth-Gareth. Although I was sticking with ex PMs, Gareth is off busily working for "International Crisis Group" sticking his bib into Indonesian affairs. Interesting since he was a great fan of the military dictatorship there!

(Fire retardant, check - flame proof suit, check - Local fire brigade number, check)

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OK JB, I'll bite - just a little! (BTW: I notice you were smart enough to stay away from Rummy's Rantings - you would have been hard pressed to defend any of the bizzarity he coughed up ... so good call!)

Point 1: Fraser was the last Liberal PM (ex or otherwise). {Just thought I'd point that out again :P even if its not relevent to the topic}

Point 2: Remember Reith & Son?

Point 3: Wait till Alston is Telstra Chairman/CEO! Maybe then you'll change your stripes (not to Greens, Labor, etc, but maybe to "Liberal" - remember them, those guys who won the 96 election, but were sent packing by the Howard brigade in exchange for the NeoCons!)

Point 4: OK, Johnny's brothers are not exactly ex-pollies, but the GWB effect is creeping in!

I dont want to try and think of them all (on both sides) - I've got more interesting things to do! {Including reading all the posts in this thread - which I must actually do sometime :blink: }

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I recently heard that Latham would allow Aunty to run ads on the second channel if they chose.

I really think this would be a bad move - as it will eventually lead to the floodgates being open for greater advertising and it will give the pollies even greater reason for reducing funds.

I have not been able to confirm this, has anyone seen an article on this topic or heard of these plans.

Anyway, its true to say, this election wont be won or lost on DTV policy...I feel education and health are the issues this time around.

This is not the forum to go into the importance of tertiary education and virtues of research. But, I must say many academics feel unis are becoming glorified Tafes at the expense of research.

"accreditation" is the buzz word these days -regardless if you are builder, electrician, etc. ....some say a necessary evil like the police

I was fortunate to have been able to undertake most of my study -Tafe and uni[part-time]whilst working [fulltime] and there have been times when the employer has chipped in.

but that is not the case now....friends have complained to me, that it is a real financial struggle when you have family commitments and they also dock HECS from your wage packet.

[its funny looking back at uni yearbooks, the students back in the 70s spent most of their spare time smoking dope and going down to the pub for a band and a few beers; these days you find most of the students working in retail outlets and fast-food chains trying to survive. The most ironical part is that those students of the 70s now hold managerial positions and preach "economical rationalism" and they did not have to a pay a cent for their degrees etc.]

It is unfortunate that those who have full-time work, must spend more and more hours [in overtime and off-job training] in keeping it. sacrificing time with family and recreaton....And there are so many who can not find enough work. The unemployment figures is greatest fraud in history. Basically, if you have one or two hours work per week -your considered as "employed" - A measure of underemployment should be the go. Then again, some directors put in an hour or two per month at the board and see how much they make! :blink:

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I did a google search and this is all I can find......

A Better, Stronger, Independent ABC – Labor’s Policy for the ABC

Lindsay Tanner MP

Shadow Minister for Communications

Senator Kate Lundy

Shadow Minister for the Arts

CAMPAIGN 2004

The ABC: Our national broadcaster

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation was established in 1932 and has

since become an integral part of Australian society. For over 70 years ABC

radio, television and now ABC Online has provided all Australians – especially

those in the regions – with quality news, information, education and

entertainment. Australians rely on the ABC to provide them with impartial,

accurate and insightful news and current affairs.

Labor will restore adequate funding to the ABC, ensure the ABC board

appointment process is reformed, and ensure the ABC is protected from

inappropriate commercial influences. Labor will defend and strengthen the

ABC’s crucial role in Australian society.

The Howard Government – Attacking our ABC

Under John Howard the ABC has been attacked and had its funding savagely

cut. After coming to power the Howard Government cut ABC funding by $66

million over two years. That funding has never been properly restored.

The Howard Government has also attacked the independence of the ABC by

making political appointments to the ABC Board. John Howard also allowed his

former Communications Minister, Richard Alston, to launch an all out war on the

ABC, accusing the ABC of political bias. These political attacks on the ABC

have been designed to stifle the ABC and destroy the ABC’s traditionally robust

and independent reporting of news and current affairs.

Eventually such a multi-channel will be able to free up the ABC’s main digital

channel to focus on adult programming.

Labor’s new funding will allow the ABC to restore its digital multi-channelling

capacity, which has been diminished after the Howard Government’s funding

squeeze. Not only will this be great for Australian young people and their

parents, it will give digital television an important kick-start. The Howard

Government and television industry have invested huge amounts of money in

digital infrastructure but digital conversion rates remain low. Quality ABC

children’s-youth multi-channelling would be a massive boost to digital television

in Australia.

Extending ABC Radio Services into the Regions

Labor’s $100 million plus funding boost will enable the ABC to further extend

its specialist radio services into regional Australian centres with populations

over 10,000. Many of these centres do not enjoy access to Triple J or

NewsRadio. These quality radio services are enjoyed by many Australians in

our larger cities and towns.

The details of the many regional areas that would gain access to these radio

services can be found in the ABC Triennial Funding Submission 2003-062.

It is only fair that the ABC is given funding to extend the reach of its radio

services to large communities. As with the children’s and youth

multi-channelling funding, Labor will let the ABC determine how it best spends

this increase and which particular communities it chooses to fund. Labor would

expect the ABC to allocate such funding equitably.

North Queensland ABC Television Service

Labor’s $100 million plus funding boost will also allow for the establishment of

a seven day ABC television news production and presentation service for the

North Queensland region, as requested by the ABC in its Triennial Funding

Submission 2003-2006. This request was rejected by the Howard

Government.

The North Queensland ABC television news service would be based in

Townsville and have a footprint north to Mossman, west to Atherton and south

to Bowen, reaching around 400,000 Queenslanders. Such a service would cost

around $2.5 million per year.

Better ABC Board policy

In April last year, Labor announced its Better ABC Board policy. The policy is

designed to ensure that the pattern of political appointments to the ABC Board

of recent years is brought to a halt.

Better Stronger Independent Complaints System

Labor will introduce a better stronger and independent ABC (and SBS)

complaints handling model. Weaknesses in the complaints handling

mechanisms of the ABC and SBS have been highlighted in recent

controversies.

Labor will reconstitute the existing ABC/SBS Independent Complaints Review

Panel as a composite panel to deal with ABC and SBS complaints, effectively

as appeals from decisions by their respective internal complaints review

processes.

The ABC/SBS Independent Complaints Review Panel will be administered by

the Australian Broadcasting Authority. The panel will be appointed by the same

process that Labor proposes to introduce for ABC Board appointments.

Un-restricted ABC digital multi-channelling

Labor will legislate to allow the ABC and SBS to engage in unrestricted multi-

channelling. Any ABC and SBS multi-channelling activity is currently subject to

various content restrictions which were imposed by the Howard Government.

Labor will remove these restrictions to help the public broadcasters to unlock

the full potential of their multi-channelling capacity.

http://www.alp.org.au/download/now/abc_policy___colour.pdf

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It appears Labor will take telstra out of the foxtel equation and no decision on multichannelling and fourth network until next year....

Labor risks Packer's ire

by Toni O'Loughlin

Labor may have avoided a major fight over the big media issues yesterday but its decision to permanently restrict pay-TV's ability to compete for rights to broadcast popular sports will irritate Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.

Labor confirmed it would delay making a decision about the fourth television network and the ban on multi-channelling until next year, when the federal government's digital TV review is due to conclude.

But while Labor veered from the really difficult issues, it stepped into the brawl between the pay- and free- TV sectors over anti-siphoning rules, setting itself on a collision course with Mr Packer and Mr Murdoch.

[. . .]

In addition to keeping the anti-siphoning rules, Labor says it will shut down a so-called loophole which allows pay-TV channel provider Fox Sports to bypass the restrictions on behalf of pay-TV operator Foxtel.

Labor's policy means the free-TV networks Seven, Ten and Nine, will be permanently protected from competing with Foxtel when bidding for broadcast rights to the most popular sports events.

But Labor evened up the score by promising to impose a use-it-or-lose-it policy on the free-to-airs to stop them hoarding events they have no intention of showing.

Labor also reiterated its plan to make Telstra sell its share in Foxtel, a move that will rile the telco but may not displease its business partners, Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer, who each own a third of the pay-TV company.

It is part of Labor's overall Telstra plan to force the company to be more competitive and focus on the task of providing telecommunication services, which it will reaffirm today.

[. . .]

Labor also put Optus on notice, warning it would monitor the content-sharing deal it had with Foxtel to ensure it was competitive.

Source: The Australian Financial Review, 22-09-2004, p. 9

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For me, the major issue is accountability....

I was worried when I heard an interview with John Howard on the 7:30 Report when he the PM stated he was only accountable to his party -ie the Liberal party. I thought holding the highest public office - you were accountable to all sectors of the community [society].

There appears to be a total disregard to public opinion -eg. entering into an invasion which was not sanction by the UN and the majority of public did not want to get involve with.

Howard feels he can get away with this lack of accountability, once again putting the "fear of god" in the nervous nellies over interest rates

Lets face it both Mark and John are capitalists and will do anything to ensure the system is healthy. Furthermore, at a micro level those who are concern with interest rates should jump into fix rates -international factors like oil will put greater pressure on them [we should not be so dependent on one energy source]. Anyway, in regards to debt, it is quite apparent that many have push the envelope and bitten more than they can chew if International conditions change.

Media policies are important and there have been very little mention about them by the Liberal party.

Although they [media/DTV policies] have little influence on my vote because I believe Human rights should be hand in hand with sound economic management. Howard totally disregarded the psychological trauma when he locked up refugee children in the outback.

This is has been an unusual campaign because the Tasmanian Forest issue has shown to the electorate that Labor is not fully on the purse strings of the trade unions. The same argument regarding being hand in hand with one organisation can be raised surrounding the Chamber of Commerce[business Council] and John Howard.

Bob Brown states "On Saturday a vote for the Coalition we be a vote for the chainsaws in some of the most magnificent forests on Earth and I hope every voter has this in mind." This is true but...

and I* know issues/policies surrounding Public Health are also crucial but I feel the most important issue is accountabiliity anyone holding public office is accountable to the wider community

Australiajn culture must change to ensure these offices must be accountable - either in regards to DCITA and DTV or the PMs office in regard to the invasion of Iraq to the whole electorate.

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There appears to be a total disregard to public opinion -eg. entering into an invasion which was not sanction by the UN and the majority of public did not want to get involve with.

Not only that but Howard ignored the wishes of the Senate. Declaring war should not be the decision of the Prime Ministr and his Cabinet alone, it should be a Parliamentary decision

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1214727.htm

Democrats Senator John Cherry said the findings put honesty centre stage in Saturday's poll.

"We have had a Government that has committed Australian troops to war and put them at risk and resulted in thousands of Iraqis being killed on the back of a lie," he said.

"The Democrats have a bill before the Parliament to actually require all future declarations of war to require parliamentary approval.

"The Senate voted against this war and the Government still went to war. That should never happen again in this country."

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Not only that but Howard ignored the wishes of the Senate. . .

Its ironic that my last post before the election was concerned with "accountability."

I don't support the Democrats but Bartlett is correct in stating:

...the Coalition controlling the Senate was a disaster for democracy...I think with the Government having half the seats, that will mean no inquiry can be set up that the Government doesn't like and no amendment can be passed...to any legislation unless the Government agrees in the Senate...

So much for a strong opposition and for an independent House of Review [the Senate] Which led to some accountability....

I have always voted a different party in the Senate - to create a "circuit-breaker"

It appears the spin on interest rates worked -people are so gullible - no wonder the big conglomos spend so much on advertising....

Also, I feel only having 10 months to "prove himself" and no proper consultation with timber workers in Nth Tassie were issues.

There may be some hope in that Family First may not support the full sale of Telstra although they are an unknown quantity....In regards, to the Family First candate in Victoria, Steve Fielding:

During the campaign, Mr Fielding put out a press release saying the full sale of Telstra, a long held hope of the Coalition, would "hurt families." He said "All families, and in particular rural families are dependent on the services provided by Telstra. These services would be put at risk by the sale of Telstra."

Helen Coonan [Minister for Communications] said on Saturday night that there will be a shake up in cross-media ownership laws..

Maybe goodbye Fairfax to Packer; and hello Fox8 as the fourth FTA network!

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