Second Submission to the ABC (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015
The AustraliaInstitute has a ongoing program of research into policy options around the ABC.Several of our research papers relate to the ABC’s operations in rural and regionalAustralia and the ABC Charter.Most recently, polling we commissioned in January 2016 shows strong publicsupport in Tasmania for increased funding for the ABC in order to strengthenregional news services. 58% of Tasmanians support the proposal while 22% opposeand 21% are undecided.
This research builds on a larger study from 2015. In that report we found strongsupport for increased ABC funding related to regional news and other regionalcontent. Support for such a funding proposal is unsurprisingly strong across rural andregional Australia, up to 64%, but also strong in capital cities, 58%. The researchshows that support is also strong across political lines and in all electorates studied.