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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

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

ABC Friends AGM featuring Sean Dorney – Sat Sep 27

You are invited to the 2014 AGM of FRIENDS of the ABC Assn. Inc.

featuring Guest Speaker long-time ABC Pacific Correspondent Sean Dorney

Sean has worked for the ABC in the Pacific since the early 1970s as PNG Correspondent then on Radio Australia before moving to the Australia Network. Sean is one of the many long-serving ABC personnel lost to us when the current government axed the Australia Network, costing the national broadcaster over a 1000 years of cumulative journalistic experience.

Join us in hearing about his experiences with the ABC and his thoughts on the current challenges faced by everyone’s favourite Auntie.


Josling Street

Toowong 4066

Saturday 27th September






Qld Friends at the Bust the Budget Rally – August 31st

ABC Friends Qld rallied as part of the contingent opposing the Abbott Government’s attacks on essential services including the national broadcaster.

Along with the loss of $120 million over the next four years, the axing of the Australia Network and 8o staff with it, the ABC faces a return to blatantly politicised board appointments.  The government has appointed right-wing commentator Janet Albrechtsen and prolific critic of the ABC, Neil Brown to the panel which reviews Board appointments for the ABC.

Ross and Val waiting for the rally to begin

Ross and Val waiting for the rally to begin at Queen’s Park

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