Join with the MEAA and CPSU – stand up for the ABC today

Follow this link to send an email to your senators and members telling them to stand up for the ABC.

Hands Off Our ABC is a community and advocacy campaign co-ordinated by the two unions that represent the vast bulk of employees at the ABC: the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union.

Our goal is an editorially-independent ABC that is fully-funded by the government and meets its charter as a comprehensive national broadcaster,  that is resourced to tell Australian stories across multiple platforms, and positioned to take advantage of new technology to retain its position as the most trusted and reliable source of news and entertainment in Australia.

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FABC gearing up for an election

FABC are calling all of Auntie’s supporters to help us out in the lead-up to the federal election.  After historic cuts to the ABC that have seen more than a thousand years’ worth of public broadcasting experience forcibly let go, we need you help now more than ever.

2015 Meeting at Queensland Parliament HouseQueensland Friends meeting at Parliament House at the end of 2015

If you can help out running an information stall, distributing flyers in your neighbourhood or attending events, please let us know.  A change of Prime Minister has not seen a change in this government’s dangerous attacks on the ABC which plays an irreplaceable role in our nation’s identity and culture.

Please like our new Facebook page to keep up to date on our campaigns.

To help out or for more information, email –

or phone (07) 3870-7718 or 0418 291 35

Quentin Dempster speaking for the Cloudland Collective

FABC Qld were proud to support the Cloudland Collective’s forum featuring Quentin Dempster at the Irish Club on February 24th.
Quentin spoke to a hundred supporters, sharing his insights into the future of the ABC and his reflections on the ongoing attacks on the national broadcaster.

Quentin Dempster addressing the crowd

Quentin Dempster addressing the crowd

Poet Jonathon Sri’s performed two pieces on issues that would go largely unreported without a strong, independent public broadcaster and our President Ross McDowell also spoke on the many vital roles the ABC plays in our society.

FABC members and supporters with Quentin

FABC members and supporters with Quentin

Phone Your Coalition Pollie to support the ABC – Wednesday 19th November

Phone A Coalition Pollie

To identify federal politicians that represent you & to locate their electorate office contact details: enter your postcode in the Keyword search box near the end of the page at: or phone the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26

And don’t forget – Friday is a National Day of Action for the ABC.  Brisbane supporters are invited to join the ABC Friends outside the South Bank ABC studios from 1.30 to 2.30pm to show our support for the national broadcaster, now facing tens of millions of dollars worth of cuts.

Join the ABC’s Friends for a National Day of Action this Friday 1.30 pm

The Queensland Friends of the ABC invite all viewers, listeners and supporters of the ABC to join us for the Brisbane action for our national broadcaster.
In support of the staff and the very institution that was created to educate, entertain and inform Australians about themselves and the world, we will be gathering outside the ABC studios on Grey St at South Bank from 1.30-2.30pm on Friday the 21st.
We are proud to join groups from across the country standing up to the government’s cuts to Auntie’s funding, scope and independence and call on the Prime Minister to stand by his pre-election pledge:

“No Cuts to the ABC”.

For more information, email –

or phone (07) 3870-7718 or  0418 291 350.

ABC Open Day – October 11

The ABC Open Day was well attended as usual. The 7pm ABC News estimated 1200 people attended.

It was a beautiful sunny day and our own Ann McGrath was interviewed in her Friends of the ABC T Shirt. It was wonderful to see TV Star Ann McGrath on ABC1 News at 7.20pm. She captured the audience with her intense answers and the visual Friends of the ABC T Shirt was a delight.

Ken Hall working hard

Ken Hall working hard

Of course Ann, along with Ken, Fay, Norm and Ross as well as Bruce, Colleen, Dani, Jono and Rowena from the CPSU helped FABC Qld distribute 600 postcards, 500 Services brochures, 400 car stickers, gather completed postcards and sold $100 of T Shirts.

The ABC Friends  attendance at the Open Day was a great success. We illustrated our support to the ABC staff on site and had conversations with personalities like Pip Courtney of Landline.

Thanks to all who helped and we look forward to seeing you at our next activity.

Ross McDowell

Save Lateline and News & Current Affairs – petition

Before the last election, Tony Abbott promised “no cuts to the ABC”, but the cuts are coming: perhaps ten per cent of the ABC’s budget is in jeopardy. It’s certain that in response, the Board is contemplating cuts to the ABC’s current affairs coverage. Lateline could be axed, and some news coverage could be halved. Yet, as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has himself said many times, with the business models of commercial media in crisis, Australian democracy needs ABC news and current affairs programs now more than ever.

The demise of Lateline could be just the beginning. The ABC’s Friday 7.30 programs, which consistently break important local and state-based stories, could also go. So too could radio current affairs programs on ABC Local Radio and specialist programs on Radio National.

Decisions are expected as soon as this Wednesday – so we need to act now. Will you sign my petition?

– Jonathan Holmes, former Media Watch presenter

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