While the Australian community is celebrating the ABC’s 90th Anniversary, the ABC's management is pushing ahead on a drastic and damaging proposal to gut the ABC Archives.
With over a third of the Archives' specialist workforce proposed to go, the ABC Archives and the nation's history itself are at stake.
This will jeopardise the integrity of our current and future historical records.
The ABC has been entrusted by the Australian people to collect, preserve and make accessible audio-visual records of our stories, our voices and our songs since the ABC’s inception in 1932. But it’s not just about our history from the past, it is about our stories now and ensuring that these stories are not lost as a result of these changes.
These are the stories of our nation. They are invaluable and irreplaceable. We need to stop this proposal to ensure our stories are not lost to us or future generations.
You can help by sending an email to ABC Chair, Ms Ita Buttrose, calling on ABC to immediately halt its proposal and to consult with the Australian community and the ABC workforce about its long-term plan for our ABC Archives.
Putting forward such a radical and drastic proposal without consultation is not acceptable.
Copies of your email will also be sent to the Minister for the Communications (The Hon. Michelle Rowlands MP) and the Minister for the Arts (The Hon. Tony Burke MP).
Our ABC Archives are too valuable to risk getting it wrong. We need to fight to save our ABC Archives.