The opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has called on the prime minister to step in and save ABC shortwave broadcasts in the Northern Territory, claiming the broadcaster’s reasons to shut them down “do not account for the reality” of life in the outback.
In December, the ABC announced it would cease transmitting local radio broadcasts through shortwave radio in the Northern Territory and parts of the Pacific at the end of January.
It did so without community consultation and sparked a backlash from users who say the service is vital in remote areas.
Federal politicians from both major parties in the NT have lobbied the ABC to reverse its decision.
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