GetUp campaign calls out PM for potentially breaking pre-election promise on cuts to the ABC

Activist group GetUp has launched a campaign to protect funding for the ABC, taking aim at Tony Abbott after reports he is set to break his pre-election promise.

A TV ad calling out the Prime Minister over any potential changes has been created for the campaign and members of the group are fundraising to screen the ad in primetime slots in regional and marginal electorates over the next three weeks.

Erin McCallum, GetUp’s campaigns chief of staff, said the ad will be the first step in a strategic campaign to remind the Prime Minister to keep his election promises.

In the ad Abbott is shown stating on the night before the 2013 Federal election there would be “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” alongside news reports he was now considering ways to trim the ABC’s budget.

McCallum said the GetUp campaign launched in response gathered the support of 215,000 people who signed a petition within 72 hours.

“That makes it our fastest growing petition ever – underlining the community’s strong support for the national broadcaster,” McCallum said.

It follows the outdoor campaign to save the ABC with billboards strategically situated in the constituencies of the Prime Minister and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“We know the majority of Australians don’t want these funding cuts to go ahead,” McCallum said.

“It’s one of the nation’s most trusted institutions. Together, we’ll throw everything we’ve got at protecting our ABC.”


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