Our detailed policies in this portfolio will be released by the Policy Development Committee as we work towards the upcoming federal election. Please refer to our values and core policies in the meantime.
Freedom of Information
The world is moving swiftly towards the digital age. However, the benefits will only materialise for Australia when everybody can access and submit information online. We propose to provide Australian citizens with a limited, but free, Internet service to access essential services, public administration and critical information in a way that is cost-neutral to the government.
This is the 21st century equivalent to public broadcasting, libraries and community centres. Additional bandwidth at higher speed and unrestricted access will remain available through optional plans at commercial rates.
Government must not engage in filtering information available via commercial or academic Internet services, except on explicit request by the end user, such as families wanting to protect their children or employers controlling access for employees via the company network.
A Free Press and 'Back to Basics' for Public Broadcasting
We reject any form of censorship or political oversight over the work of journalists.
We aim to privatise SBS, together with non-core sections of the ABC. The core of the ABC shall provide one national free-to-air TV channel for news and current affairs, one free quality channel for children as well as essential radio, satellite and online services for rural and remote areas. The ABC should retain the brief to connect Australian expatriates and overseas friends with Australia.
Our publicly owned broadcaster needs to reflect the broader sociopolitical spectrum of Australian society.