The Friends of the ABC (NSW) Inc., now known as ABC Friends NSW & ACT was established in 1976 in response to the funding cuts put in place by the Fraser Coalition government. In April of the same year a similar group formed in Melbourne where they took the name 'Aunty's Nieces and Nephews'. Since then, the Friends has defended the ABC against threats from both Labor and Coalition governments to compromise its independence and reduce its funding.
ABC Friends is not aligned to any political party, but is a lobby group that works on behalf of listeners and viewers of ABC radio and television to support the ABC (Click here for things you can do to help).
All office holders (click here for a list) are unpaid volunteers. This allows us to use the funds collected through membership, donations and events for campaigning and activities for members.
ABC Friends organisations throughout Australia cooperate to achieve the common objectives of fighting for the ABC and for its editorial independence. We support national initiatives including letter writing campaigns and lobbying of individual members of parliament.
For a national perspective on the structure, aims and objectives of ABC Friends click here.
We do not slavishly support everything that the ABC does and it is our policy to criticise the ABC when we consider that it has strayed from its charter or acted in a way that could jeopardise its long term future.
Click here for a printable copy (in Adobe pdf format) of the constitution of the Friends of the ABC (NSW) Inc
To contact ABC Friends NSW & ACT...
PO Box 1391,
Membership Line: (02) 9990 0600
(NB this is a MessageBank service, which is checked regularly, but not every day)
Email: click here
There are also local branches in many parts of NSW
For details of ABC Friends in other states click here.