Today’s media release by Territory Labor is another example of Mr Snowdon and Senator McCarthy playing politics instead of doing their job of looking after the interest of Territorians.
I am deeply concerned about the ABC’s decision to cease shortwave radio transmission in the Northern Territory from the end of the month.
The ABC made the decision to scrap the shortwave service entirely by itself – with no input from the Coalition Government.
Despite what Mr Snowdon and Senator McCarthy would have people believe, I wrote to the ABC board in December asking it to reconsider its decision and spoke to senior management in strong terms shortly thereafter to express my concerns about the lack of consultation undertaken by the ABC in the NT before making this decision, and the implications it has for Territorians in emergency situations.
And despite Mr Snowdon and Senator McCarthy claiming I have been silent on the issue, I spoke on radio in Darwin about this important issue in December – something they would be aware of if they were better connected in the Northern Territory.
I share the concerns expressed by a range of Territorians, including graziers and Indigenous rangers, that scrapping the shortwave service could have serious implications for the safety and emotional wellbeing of people living and working in remote parts of the Territory.
There is still time for the Sydney-based city-centric ABC to reverse this decision that was made without proper regard for the impact on remote Territorians.
Today’s release is particularly disappointing given I spoke to Senator McCarthy within the past 24 hours about all of my actions to oppose the ABC’s decision.
Senator McCarthy may wish to explain how her support for my comments earlier today is consistent with her poorly constructed media release issued this afternoon.
I also would remind Mr Snowdon and Senator McCarthy that politicians don’t need to put out a media release every time they do something to support constituents’ interests.
Once again, Territory Labor is trying to play politics instead of trying to work together to fix issues that are important to our community.