birding - ABC

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Subject: birding - ABC
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 00 09:38:21 +0000
Hello All
For years I've used the ABC to further my interests.  I've raised 
Aboriginal issues (my relatives and I have been interviewed numerous 
times on dozens of issues); I've been interviewed on the government's 
reluctance to provide public housing; on a national campaign I fought 
against errant tour operators (among whom it was common practice to ram 
crocodiles to 'give tourists a thrill' as one told me.  Others were 
chipping bits of 2 billion year old stromatolites, an Aboriginal sacred 
site, to hand out to their clients).    And there have been dozens of 
other issues.

Our local ABC people have always been eager to put rare bird alerts over 
Radio National.  They've interviewed me in my fight to save local 
mangrove birds when no other organisation was interested, not even the 
tourism industry.   Recently I've urged various contacts within the ABC 
to highlight birding issues, most lately sending them statistics on the 
number of Americans interested in this pursuit and pointing out the 
number of media programs in that country dedicated to birds.  (if anyone 
has similar statistics for Australia I'd be pleased to pass them on).  
And I've no reason to think that what I've said won't be considered 
seriously.  The ABC plays a mighty part in raising  awareness of the 
general public. 

I hear this morning that Richard Alston, Federal Minister for 
Communications, is supporting the privatisation of the ABC.  I urge all 
birdwatchers to protest and strongly.  Whatever the ABC's faults I cannot 
imagine a privatised ABC running with the issues.  Write to your local 
and Federal members, your newspapers.   Anyone who wants to join the 
Friends of the ABC I have contact details here if you want them.  

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/fax 08 89818492
PO Box 39373

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