Senator Carol Brown
Labor Senator for Tasmania Deputy Government Whip in the Senate
On behalf of the Tasmanian Labor Senate Team
The Tasmanian Labor Senate Team today welcomed the successful passage of a motion through the Senate condemning the closure of the ABC Tasmania television production unit.
The tri-partisan Senate motion was passed unanimously.
“The successful passage of this motion highlights the tri-partisan outrage at the decision by ABC Managing Director Mark Scott to close the Tasmanian television production unit.
“The Senate has called on Mr Scott to reverse his decision and reinstate the local television production unit.
“This is an appalling decision by Mr Scott and will result in the loss of up to 17 highly skilled jobs in the television production unit, which is something that will never be replaced.
“We are also highly concerned by any potential loss of the outside broadcast van or other equipment that helps facilitate the production and broadcasting of local content.
“Tasmania has a proud history of delivering high quality programs through our internal television production unit, something which is now in jeopardy.
“The ABC has an obligation to Tasmania.
“Mr Scott’s decision highlights his strong desire to centralise ABC television production and forms part of his agenda to turn the ABC into the Sydney Broadcasting Corporation”.
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A copy of the notice of motion can be found below.
Notice of Motion – ABC closure of Tasmanian Television production unit
Senator Carol Brown, Senator David Bushby and Senator Christine Milne
Gives notice that, on the next day of sitting, we shall move – That the Senate-
(a) Records its disappointment at the ABC’s decision to close the Tasmanian television production unit.
(b) Notes the ABC’s obligations to capture cultural diversity and local programming
(c) Calls on ABC Managing Director Mark Scott to reverse his decision and reinstate the Tasmanian television production unit
(d) Expresses its disappointment at the loss of 17 highly skilled jobs in the Tasmanian television production unit
(e) Records its concern with the continuing centralisation of ABC production in Melbourne and Sydney