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The Wilkie Report OCT 2014
Author: Andrew Wilkie This video is about The Wilkie Report OCT 2014

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18 November 2014

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A statement on additional ABC cuts

The announcement that the Federal Government intends to cut a further $50m from the ABC represents another broken promise and is clearly not in the public interest.

This latest cut is on top of the $9m that was cut in the miserable May Budget, despite the Prime Minister stating unequivocally before the election that there would be no cuts to the ABC or SBS.

Stripping the ABC of this amount fundamentally diminishes Australia’s independent media.

The cuts will have a disproportionate impact in Tasmania, as well as rural and regional Australia, as state-based 7:30 Report editions are facing the axe while the funds ripped from radio also threatens local news and entertainment.

The Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said that broadcasting should not be disrupted as the cuts will be made to everything else. In other words there will be less money for variety and development of content, and less funding for training which is an attack on entry level journalists.

What this means for jobs in Tasmania remains to be seen, although it’s fairly obvious some ABC staff are going to be sacked which will be a terrible blow for them and their families.

I call on the Government to reconsider this appalling decision and show some support for public and independent media in Australia.

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07 November 2014

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A statement on the live animal export trade

I recently called the Federal Government a pack of sadists when it comes to animal welfare. Turns out evil death cult would have been a better description as far as the live animal export trade is concerned.


The Government seems set to effectively double Australia’s cruel live export trade with a deal with China to export one million cattle a year.

This is a dreadful development that means even more cruelty for Australian livestock.

This is a Government which rubs its hands together with glee every time it grows the trade.

There is an abundance of evidence showing there is a serious systemic problem with this industry with reports of cruelty across many countries.

And the economic argument simply does not stack up. The more we move to live exports the more we are cannibalising the red meat industry and exporting jobs from Australia.

There is a healthy market for processed Australian red meat. It’s not like these countries will only buy live cattle.

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