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To: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications

Save ethnic community radio!

Not everyone lost out in the 2014 Federal Budget. Thanks to a mammoth campaign run by the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council, the Federal Government re-committed to funding community broadcasting to the tune of $17.7 million. In just one week, more than 1,039 signatures were collected and sent to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with ethnic broadcasters and listeners adding their personal stories to the campaign.

Dear Minister,

For 30 years, governments from both sides of politics have supported community broadcasting, with an understanding of the unique and essential social cohesion, representation and participation that ethnic community broadcasting brings to Australian society.

The recommendation of the National Commission of Audit to abolish all funding to the Community Broadcasting Program is baseless and threatens the existence of community radio programs and stations on which millions of Australians rely.

We hope that the government will see reason when it delivers its budget on 13 May 2014 and continues its bipartisan support for ALL community broadcasting.

Why is this important?

The cuts suggested in the National Commission of Audit Report could mean the end of ethnic radio programs and the closure of community radio stations.

Ethnic community broadcasting is a vital and cost-effective community service that harnesses the skills, expertise and time of over 4000 volunteers from 125 distinct cultural groups to produce over 2,118 hours of content on 130 stations every week. Government investment is crucial to sustaining and building the capacity of this volunteer-driven sector.

Ethnic community broadcasting provides quality local content in over 100 languages and plays a critical and unique role in facilitating Australia's remarkable cultural diversity and social cohesion.

How it will be delivered

The signatures will be emailed to the Minister on MONDAY 12 MAY 2014. You can also contact the Minister directly:

Email - [email protected]
Phone - 02 9327 3988
Twitter - @TurnbullMalcolm

Updates

2014-05-14 14:48:53 +1000

Petition is successful with 1,039 signatures

2014-05-12 19:11:33 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-05-07 16:29:02 +1000

500 signatures reached

2014-05-05 21:45:02 +1000

100 signatures reached

2014-05-05 17:39:49 +1000

50 signatures reached

2014-05-05 17:08:27 +1000

Thanks everyone for your signatures so far and spread the message far and wide!

You can also email Treasurer Joe Hockey using this form letter on the CBAA's Commit to Community Radio website: http://committocommunityradio.org.au/hockey/

2014-05-05 16:22:50 +1000

25 signatures reached

2014-05-05 15:30:11 +1000

10 signatures reached