Media, Communications and Culture

Public Broadcasting

  • The Australian Progressives will restore and expand (where necessary) funding to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

  • The Australian Progressives will support the funding of high quality content broadcast free to Australians and oppose the expansion of advertising or commercial influence.
  • The Australian Progressives will remove commercial advertising on the SBS.
  • The Australian Progressives will develop policy to build up in-house capability to achieve critical mass/competency centres to produce quality Australian educational programs, programmes to support cultural and regional diversity, specialist programming, and programming supportive of communicating the national character locally and overseas.

  • The Australian Progressives will adequately fund maintenance or creation of necessary infrastructure (digital and physical broadcast) to ensure the ABC & SBS have adequate capability/capacity to meet their charters.

  • The Australian Progressives will provide the funding and contract for the Australia Network (the international television broadcasting function) to be restored to the ABC.

Broader Media

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to require self governed media regulation to adhere to their declared standards in accuracy, corrections and balanced reporting.
  • The Australian Progressives support policy to lower the ownership threshold to encourage diversity of media ownership.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to remove gambling from professional sports broadcasts.

National Broadband Network

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to enhance and retain publicly owned majority Fibre to the Home (FTTH) / Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network.
  • The Australian Progressives oppose the privatisation of the NBN Co.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that would allow broadband prices to be set equally across the country.

Sport

  • The Australian Progressives support a shift in sports policy to a focus on grassroots health and activities as a priority to professional level sports.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to encourage cycling as an alternative to motorised transport.

  • The Australian Progressives support sports policies with a focus on benefits in addition to the risks of various exercise equipment/facilities.

  • The Australian Progressives support a nationwide campaigns on benefits of daily exercise.

The Arts

  • The Australian Progressives support the government funding of the arts to provide great art for everyone.

  • The Australian Progressives support an “At arm’s length” principle of structural separation between government and arts councils.

  • The Australian Progressives support the abolition of the “National Programme for Excellence in the Arts” and Book Council.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to restore funding to the Australia Council.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy for the Australia Council to be funded/staffed to accommodate emerging/newer/wider art.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy that seeks collaboration/integration of artistic programs and other government services.

  • The Australian Progressives support the creation of a National Arts week.

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