The Coalition has unambiguously ruled out privatising the ABC, saying the national broadcaster will always be well-resourced and in public hands.
Last weekend the Liberal Party’s peak council voted almost 2:1 to privatise the ABC in a call that was swiftly rejected by cabinet ministers amid warnings it would be “total madness” to act on the call - Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi agrees.
The overwhelming vote at the party’s annual council in Sydney gained vocal support from conservative think-tank Institute of Public Affairs, which said the company could be sold or given to Australians who already own it.
The vote came in a debate on Saturday where about 110 council delegates, representing Liberal branches from across the country, also voted for an efficiency review into SBS.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has advised the Liberal Party to listen to its members and while not privatising it, wind back the reach and scope of the ABC.
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