NSoS Photo Gallery

NSoS Photo Gallery

This page is a photo gallery of NSoS ABC Friends events.

NSoS AGM with guest speaker ABC Friends President, Cassandra Parker, November 2022

Rachel Collis & Band Concert , 5 November 2022

Rachel Collis

NSoS members attended the Rachel Collis & Band Concert at Humph Hall, Allambie Heights. Rachel sang Wired and Awake which is emblematic of ABC Friend's commitment, loyalty and passion for the ABC that leaves one feeling 'wired and awake'.  Rachel Collis singing a Good Woman.

Rachel Collis, musician and Janine Kitson, NSoS Convenor

Restoring the ABC Budget

2022 Budget

NSoS call on the Albanese Government to honour its promises and restore the ABC's budget in the October 22 Federal Budget.

United Nations’ International Day of Democracy, Sept 2022

United Nations’ International Day of Democracy

NSoS celebrate United Nations’ International Day of Democracy held on 15 September, 2022 by holding one of their favourite ABC Friends car stickers that reads: ‘DEMOCRACY depends on a STRONG ABC”.
Left to Right:  Diana Tyne, Janine Kitson, Jenny Forster, Gordon Elkington, Tina Cooper

Reading ABC Friends newsletter

NSoS enjoying reading their latest ABC Friends newsletter, 8 September, 2022
Left to Right:  Diana Tyne, Jenny Forster, Gordon Elkington, Tina Cooper, Janine Kitson

Loosely Woven performances July and August 2022

Humph Hall Loosely Woven performanceLoosely Woven performers

NSoS enjoying interval at Humph Hall for a Loosely Woven performance of ‘It’s Our ABC’ song, 27 August, 2022
Left to Right:  Beverley Johnson, Corin Fairburn Bass, Jenny Forster, Bridget McVicar

Diana TyneCorin Fairburn BassJohn Inshaw and Lindsay Somerville

NSoS Committee enjoying Loosely Woven performance of  ‘It’s Our ABC’ at St Andrews Uniting Church, South Turramurra, 12 August, 2022
From L to R: NSoS Committee member Corin Fairburn Bass; NSoS Secretary Diana Tyne; John Inshaw and Lindsay Somerville  

Thankyou to National ABC Friends President Margaret Reynolds, 11 August 2022

NSoS Committee holding Banner ‘Thank you Margaret Reynolds on your retirement as National ABC Friends President'
Left to Right:  Lindsay Somerville, Bev Inshaw, Corin Fairburn Bass, Jenny Forster, Diana Tyne, Cheenu Srinivasan, John Inshaw,  Janine Kitson

NSoS celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the ABC at their meeting on 21 July, 2022

Left to Right (sitting):  Diana Tyne, Beverley Inshaw, Corin Fairburn Bass;  (standing): John Inshaw, Kerry Foster, Jenny Forster,  Cheenu Srinivasan, Janine Kitson

ABC Friends Stall at Gordon Market - 2021

NSoS Committee meeting at Bella Blue Café - 2020

Left to Right:  Kate Reid, Chris Haviland, Jenny Forster and Janine Kitson

Hornsby Stall – 14 Nov 2020

Over 100 people signed a petition calling for a Senate Inquiry into funding of the ABC.

Canberra Budget Expedition – 6-7 Oct 2020
A delegation from Northern Suburbs of Sydney travelled to Parliament House Canberra for the 2020 Budget calling for no further cuts to the ABC and that past funding cuts be reinstated. Federal Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher was unavailable to meet with the NSoS delegation.  However the following MPs and Senators walked down from the Parliament House and stood next to NSoS and its banners and posters: Michelle Rowland, Zali Steggall, Susan Templeman, Andrew Wilkie, Jacqui Lambie, and Kristina Keneally

Zali Steggall and Janine Kitson

Left to right:  John Inshaw, Janine Kitson, Angela Williamson and Beverly Inshaw outside Parliament House, Canberra.
Zali Steggall, MP for Warringah, Senator Jacqui Lambi and Senator Kristina Keneally stand with NCOSS outside Parliament House, Canberra

Left to right:  Angela Williamson, Anne Matheson, Susan Templeman MP for Macquarie and Beverly Inshaw outside Parliament House, Canberra

NSoS held a silent vigil outside the Canberra ABC Offices as an act of respect to the many ABC staff who had lost their jobs from years of funding cuts.

NSoS 1st Birthday Party – 9 Oct 2020

NSoS first birthday party

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Northern Suburbs of Sydney’s first birthday party was celebrated via Zoom with many members and supporters in attendance. Margaret Reynolds, ABC Friends’ National President, was the guest speaker and shared her insights into the 2020 ABC Budget cuts and why NSoS is so important in making a difference.

Letterwriting (Covid Safe) Morning Tea – 24 Sep 2020

Letterwriting (Covid Safe) Morning Tea

 

 

 

 

 

A small group of dedicated residents gathered (Covid safe) to write to Paul Fletcher calling on him to reinstate the cuts to the ABC which has resulted in losing 250 key ABC staff and cuts to valued ABC programs.

 

ABC Friends Northern Sydney delegation visit Paul Fletcher staffers – 3 Sep 2020

After months of requesting a meeting with Paul Fletcher NSoS's Bradfield residents finally secured a meeting with two staffers.
Left to Right:  Lindsay Somerville, Janine Kitson and Kate Reid

Phone Blitz of Paul Fletchers’ Lindfield Office - June 2020.

Phone blitz of Paul Fletchers' Lindfield Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSoS's community campaign inundated Paul Fletcher Minister for Communication with phone messages calling on him to stop the planned $84m funding cuts to the ABC. 
Left to Right:  Jenny Forster, Beverly Inshaw, John Inshaw, Chris Haviland, Janine Kitson, Kate Reid and Lindsay Somerville

NSoS protested outside Communications Minister Paul Fletcher's office on 30 June 2020 in the hope that this would send a strong message that Liberal voters in Bradfield feel passionate about the ABC. Around the same time the Australia Institute conducted polling in key Liberal Seats asking, “Is Paul Fletcher representing Liberal voters, who do not agree there have been no cuts to the ABC “? In Kooyong 52.8%, Wentworth 54.2%, and Warringah 51.6% of respondents indicated that the minister was not representing their views. Honk if you love the ABC video of the demonstration.

Zoom Meeting with Special Guest Speaker Matt Peacock – 12 May 2020

Zoom meeting with Matt Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex senior ABC journalist and author Matt Peacock explained how the ongoing federal funding cuts are causing an existential threat to the ABC.

ABC Thank You Dinner – 13 Feb 2020

NSoS held a dinner to thank the ABC for its extraordinary emergency broadcasts during the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019-20.  Guest speaker Gavin Morris, ABC Director of News received a framed ‘Thank you ABC’ Certificate. Funds raised from the dinner were donated to WIRES for their work in saving wildlife during the worst bushfires in Australia’s history

ABC News Director Gavin Morris accepts ‘Thank you ABC’ Certificate from NSoS

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Reverse the Cuts Rally, Paul Fletcher’s Office – 13 Feb 2020

Reverse the Cuts Rally, Paul Fletcher’s Office

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Reverse the Cuts Rally, Paul Fletcher’s Office - 3Reverse the Cuts Rally, Paul Fletcher’s Office - 4Close to 200 people rallied outside Paul Fletcher's, the Minister for Communications, Lindfield office calling on him to stop the funding cuts to the ABC. Ed Davis, ABC Friends President spoke eloquently about why the ABC is so important to our democracy. 

INAUGURAL NSoS MEETING, Oct 2019

NSoS forms its Interim CommitteeNSoS Inaugral Convenor Janine Kitson

100 friends unanimously support the formation of a NSoS Branch of ABC Friends
NSoS forms its Interim Committee
NSoS Inaugural Convenor Janine Kitson

Press Freedom Rally followed AFP raids of the ABC office and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home – 11 June 2019

Press Freedom Rally followed AFP raids of the ABC office and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home - 1

Press Freedom Rally followed AFP raids of the ABC office and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home - 2

Press Freedom Rally followed AFP raids of the ABC office and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home - 3


The community rallied outside Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications Lindfield electorate office outraged by the Australian Federal Police raids of the ABC’s Sydney Office and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home. This rally led to the formation of the Northern Suburbs of Sydney Branch in October 2019 when over 100 members attended a meeting at Chatswood’s Dougherty Community Centre and unanimously voted to form a new ABC Friends branch. Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh article, The 2019 AFP Raids on Australian Journalists, Press Freedom Policy Papers, 2020