Yesterday a group of cross bench MPs and I wrote to Victorian Liberal Party leader Michael O’Brien in the hope that he might have some influence over his Federal counterparts in saving the broadcasting licence for Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong. Read our letter here.
The response received today from the Hon. David Davis MP was disappointing – our local Liberals made no promises to intervene beyond efforts made late last year. Read his email here.
Channel 31 has just four days of airtime before it becomes white noise on June 30.
Legislative council cross bench members Sustainable Australia’s Cliff Hayes, Animal Justice Party’s Andy Meddick, the Justice Party members Tania Maxwell and Stuart Grimley, Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, independent member Catherine Cummings and Ellen Sandell as acting leader of Victoria Greens, joined me in our plea for support for the station from Mr O’Brien and the Victorian Liberal party.
Last week the Adelaide sister station – Channel 44 – was granted a 12 month stay of execution following appeals from independent and Labor Party Federal Senator and the South Australian Premier Steve Marshall, who also leads the SA Liberal Party.
But it’s not too late!
Send your message of support for Channel 31 to the following ministers and members of parliament: