PRIME MINISTER JUMPS GUN ON SBS MOVE
In relation to the Prime Minister’s announcement today that he backs the move of SBS to Western Sydney, Independent Member for North Sydney, Kylea Tink, says:
“The Prime Minister has jumped the gun with this position.
"Media reports this morning have left us all questioning whether the Government’s commitment to a feasibility study was just a hollow promise, as it appears to have a foregone conclusion.
“On the completion of the feasibility study, the ultimate responsibility for a decision about the relocation rightly rests with the SBS management and Board, not with a political party.
“SBS delivers terrific value for money for the Australian community. The hundreds of millions of dollars required to enable the move would deliver much better taxpayer value for money if directed towards increased production of Australian content for all our communities to enjoy.
“Having recently toured SBS, I was able to see their state-of-the-art studios and it makes no sense to uproot a broadcaster purely to place it in another part of Sydney at huge expense. This would be a devastating loss for our community.
“Artarmon has been home to SBS for over 30 years. Not only is it an important employer locally, but it also reflects a significant part of our community, representing the diversity that makes North Sydney a great place to live.
“It’s a furphy to say that the North Sydney community doesn’t reflect Australia’s cultural diversity. North Sydney is a vibrant and diverse community with 50% of people living in our electorate born overseas, and 30% speaking a language other than English at home.
“I invite the Prime Minister, and the Minister for Communications, to visit North Sydney and to see for themselves the value our multicultural community delivers.”
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