Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed to end a funding freeze on the ABC if Labor is elected federally.
The move would effectively restore $83.7 million in funding for the public broadcaster over the next 3 years – something the Conservative Party strongly opposes.
The Coalition Government will scrap the annual funding indexation of the ABC from July next year, which means that funding would no longer rise with inflation to teach the ABC to “live within its means”.
Earlier this year Mr Shorten said the ABC is one of the “pet hates” of conservative voters and implied that the decision to reduce funding was ideologically motivated.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has long advocated major cuts to ABC funding as its multi-channel cross-platform presence increasingly hurts the revenues of privately owned broadcasters and publishers.
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