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ABC CHILDREN'S CHANNEL IDEA STOLEN FROM COALITIONEmail this pageBack

Friday, April 24, 2009 Printer Friendly Version

ABC CHILDREN'S CHANNEL IDEA STOLEN FROM COALITION
Published in The Australian Financial Review , Friday 24 April 2009

Kevin Rudd’s claim that the establishment of a new dedicated children’s television channel was one of the "big ideas" to come out of the 2020 Summit is a pure falsehood.

The idea is of course a direct lift from the Coalition’s 2007 Federal Election policy.

If re-elected a Coalition Government would have provided $82 million in funding to the ABC for the establishment of a new digital television channel dedicated to children.

The channel would have encouraged the local production of new /files/includes/content.css and also provided an incentive for families to make the switch to digital television.

It would have operated 15 hours a day and screen /files/includes/content.css for children up to 17 years.

The Coalition announced this "big idea" in November of 2007, but now we learn that Mr Rudd is claiming it as something that came out of his 2020 Summit in April 2008.

Mr Rudd's 2020 talk fest was such a success that he has to resort to pinching the ideas of the Coalition’s 'best and brightest' to claim as his own.

The Coalition would of course welcome the establishment of a new children's television channel, as it is long overdue.

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