The Nationals do not and have no intention of ever supporting the privatisation of the ABC.
The ABC provides an invaluable service to rural and regional Australians.
From providing cricket coverage to those driving Australia’s long highways, from its dedicated coverage of the agriculture sector on The Country Hour to its role in supporting emergency services during natural disasters, the ABC is a crucial and much-loved institution in the regions.
The Nationals believe the ABC should invest more of its staff and resources into rural and regional Australia.
We also believe the ABC should have a legislated obligation to provide coverage to rural and regional Australia.
The Liberals and Nationals Government has a range of measures to support these aims, including legislating that the ABC Board always has at least two members from rural and regional Australia.