Marngrook Footy Show

I rise to express my grave concerns about the decision of ABC management to cancel the popular Marngrook Footy Show that is broadcast on ABC2. The Marngrook Footy Show is incredibly popular in this state and nationally and makes a significant contribution to the recognition of Indigenous culture. Marngrook is more than just a football show providing expert commentary on the game, it also offers insights into the richness of Aboriginal culture and humour, which, if the program did not exist, would be largely unknown to the broader community.

I draw to the attention of the house the ABC’s own reconciliation action plan, which states that the ABC seeks to make a:

proactive and long-term commitment to improving opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in four key areas:

cultural understanding and respect;

employment;

content; and

community links.

There is no better example of achieving all four objectives than the Marngrook Footy Show. There has been a groundswell of community concern about this decision.

In my electorate of Richmond I have spoken to many people, including many Aboriginal people, who have expressed their dismay about the cancellation of the Marngrook Footy Show

In light of this and the explicit commitment of ABC management that is detailed in the ABC reconciliation action plan, I call on ABC management to urgently review this decision.