2013 Election Campaign - Commit to Community Broadcasting

The 2013 election is here - now is the time to tell politicians about the importance of community broadcasting. The CBAA is coordinating a campaign this election calling for $5 million in additional funding for community broadcasting and we need your help.

The CBAA has worked with sector representative organisations with support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation to create the Commit to Community Broadcasting brochure, available here.

We are calling for $5 million in additional Federal Government funding for regional, rural and remote station development, training, transmission and community television. Politicians will also be asked to continue to include community radio services in planning for digital radio services and to further support Indigenous broadcasting.

We need your help to convince politicians to commit to community broadcasting.

Stations have been asked to write a letter to their local candidates. Station managers should have received a letter and email with an election toolkit. All materials are available to download here.
Listeners and supporters can let local candidates know that community radio is important to them by going to www.committocommunityradio.org.au. The website also includes station stories and details about the campaign.

Greens throw down gauntlet on community broadcasting funding

On Monday, 19 August 2013, the Greens announced that they will commit an additional $27 million per annum to community broadcasting. This announcement has paved the way for other political parties to reveal their plans for growth for this vital sector. 

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) President, Adrian Basso, called on all political parties to release a policy for community broadcasting before the election. “The Greens have thrown down the gauntlet. It’s time for other political parties to show how they plan to support community broadcasters if they win the election.”

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Coalition lagging behind on community broadcasting

On Monday, 26 August 2013, the Labor party outlined its position on the future of community broadcasting – leaving the Coalition the only major party yet to reveal its hand.

The ALP has released a response outlining its commitment to ongoing funding for the sector, following Commit to Community Radio supporters calling on the party to reveal its plans for community broadcasting.  

The response states that 'A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will continue to support the community broadcasting sector to serve their audiences into the future.'

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If you have any questions about the election campaign please contact the CBAA Campaigns Coordinator, Erin Turner on 02 9318 9611 or eturner@cbaa.org.au