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Week 16: Why we need to work together to keep SBS in Artarmon

The Prime Minister announced today he backs the move of SBS to Western Sydney from its home of 30 years in Artarmon.

I believe the Prime Minister has jumped the gun on his position, with today’s media reports leaving 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. 

Following 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.

There is no doubt 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. 

Not only is SBS 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.

Our community will need to pull together to keep SBS in Artarmon, and I look forward to working with local Mayors and State Members to get the best outcome for North Sydney.

PS – I want to hear from you about the future of our community.  Please complete the community survey below so I can advocate on the issues that matter most to you.  I’ll also be down at Lane Cove Rotary Fair on Sunday and I hope to see you there!

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