The following narrative provides a discussion of the program logic that underpins the investment design for the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS) program.
The central element of this approach is the engagement of the two core actors (the ARMM, specifically the DepEd-ARMM – on behalf of the GPH and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on behalf of the MILF) through a ‘twin pathway’ implementation arrangement.
That document advises that DFAT will be engaging with the the Tarbiyyah, ie the Education Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to work on the curriculum of the Madrassas associated with MILF.
A few weeks ago the Islamic State released material regarding its supporters and those who have pledged allegiance to it in The Philippines. This 12 June report from the publication Threat Matrix refers:
‘Amaq News Agency, one of the Islamic State’s news outlets, has released a short infographic detailing the jihadist group’s operations and activities in the Philippines. The infographic is set up similar to those released for official Islamic State wilayats (provinces), which indicates the rising importance of the Philippines for the jihadist group.
The infographic (above) includes several important claims of the Islamic State in the Philippines, including how many groups have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and where these groups operate. Additionally, it claims 289 Filipino troops have been killed by Islamic State forces since April 2015, including 100 alone in April 2016. The Filipino government has heavily disputed these numbers.
While the infographic contains numbers from April 2015, it confirms the first official announcement of Filipino jihadist groups pledging allegiance to the Islamic State occurred in January 2016. Videos and reports of groups pledging bayah (allegiance) have emerged since 2014, shortly after Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, claimed the creation of a caliphate. The video in January, however, was the first time the Islamic State publicly accepted these pledges.
A month later, the Islamic State’s Furat media released another video showing more groups pledging allegiance. This includes Isnilon Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, who heads the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon (called Abu Abdullah al Filipini, one of his noms de guerre, in the newsletter) has been appointed as emir of all Islamic State forces in the Philippines according to a translation from the SITE Intelligence Group.
His appointment seems likely as Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. This also means that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State is in place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. The latest infographic also shows more examples of expansion and gives credence to a formal leadership structure, as ‘Amaq claims that the Islamic State has 10 “fighting battalions” in the Philippines.
The Islamic State published this photo with the Arabic and apparently Tagalog caption noting the pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State from a group of MILF members.
Assuming the Islamic State photo is genuine and its announcement is factual - why are we engaging with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's Tarbiyyah committee when parts of that organisation have pledged Bay-ah or allegiance to the Islamic State?
Could I ask for a response by midday tomorrow please?
DFAT has acknowledged our note and asked for our deadline for an answer - I've suggested midday tomorrow as a reasonable period for DFAT to make enquiries.
Thanks to Seeker of Truth for researching our funding to The Philippines island of Mindanao, a hotbed of Islamic traditional practices including the beheading of two Canadian hostages in the past few weeks.
We provide $38M for "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)". Why? What do we get out of advancing Muslim education in Abu Sayyaf territory - now claimed as part of the Islamic State..
Given the way Islam is practiced in Mindanao and the relative impunity with which Abu Sayyaf operates it's reasonable to wonder what influence Abu Sayyaf and thus the Islamic State has on the madrassas and Islamic schools in Mindanao - which we are funding to the tune of $38M.
On 6 May 2015 the government's AusTender website announced that Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd had been awarded a $38M contract to provide "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)".
Last week the Islamic State or Daesh announced that it had effective control of much or all of Mindinao and it proclaimed the island a wilayat or province of the Islamic State (or Caliphate/Khalifah) with the Muslim terrorist Insilon Hapilon appointed as the Emir of the province.
I have included media reports and links to the Islamic State claim of sovereignty over Mindanao below.
Islamic State also issued a call to Asian Islamists who cannot get to Iraq or Syria to go to Mindanao to join the Islamic State and to live under its Sharia.
I know we do not recognise the legitimacy of the Islamic State, let alone its claim to sovereignty over part of The Philippines. However it would appear that large numbers of locals do.
Is the Australian Government aware of the Islamic State claim that Mindanao is part of the Caliphate? Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected?
What is the syllabus being taught in Mindanao through our $38M "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)"?
Can the Australian Government reassure us that none of our money goes to the benefit of the Islamic State or or to advance its teachings, including those of its subsidiaries like Abu Sayyat?
Given the Abu Sayyaf/Islamic State influence in the province, is it wise for Australia to fund Muslim education given the widespread traditional Islamic practices and influence on the way Islam is practiced?
After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province.
The video begins by showing several “battalions” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This includes the Abu Dujana Battalion, Abu Khubaib Battalion, Jundallah Battalion, and the Abu Sadr Battalion. These battalions joined others from ASG, including Jund al Tawhid, Ansar al Sharia, and Marakah al Ansar in pledging bayah to the Islamic State. Additionally, some of ASG’s leadership, including overall leader Isnilon Hapilon (who is shown in the video), have pledged to the jihadist group.
Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, was again confirmed as the leader of all of the Islamic State’s forces in the Philippines. In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon, also known as Abu Abdullah al Filipini, had been appointed as emir. In a portion of the video featuring a Filipino fighter in Raqqah, Syria, he confirms the Al Naba report.
Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. The video also confirms that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State has indeed been put into place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. This was also seen earlier this month in an infographic released by the ‘Amaq News Agency, one of the jihadist group’s news outlets. The infographic included several important facts from the Islamic State in the Philippines, including the number of groups that have pledged allegiance and where they operate. (See Threat Matrix report, Islamic State details activity in the Philippines.)
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Jul 22, 2017 - ... The Philippines is now becoming an entrenched centre for Islamic State terror. ... The May 2017 takeover of the southern Philippine city of Marawi by an .... DFAT is keeping this area in financial wealth, courtesy of J. Bishop?
Mar 24, 2017 - why-is-dfat-planning-to-spend-60m-to-fund-islamic-... Jun 29, 2016 - that thePhilippines island of Mindanao had become a province or... ... Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines.
Jun 20, 2017 - Julie Bishop gives another $900K to Southern Philippines on top of $40M 3 ... http://www.cbsnews.com/news/islamic-state-threat-in-southeast-asia-raises-alarm ..... Who oversees the spending of DFAT, if it is only Julie Bishop, ...
Jun 12, 2017 - In June 2016 we reported on the Islamic State's claim to sovereignty over the ... We wrote to DFAT about the millions of Australian aid money pouring in to the ... The Southern Philippinesisn't just a problem for The Philippines.
Yesterday Chairman Mal told us people who voted like him on changes to the Marriage Act apparently received different survey papers from those who voted no.
The Chairman and friends had a paper which also included a vote for Fairness.
It included a further vote for Commitment.
And a further vote for Love.
Turnbull's learnt nothing from leading the Republic campaign.
Now read Andrew Hastie's statement.
Statement on the Marriage Postal Survey
Posted by Andrew Hastie7sc on November 15, 2017
The Australian people have voted decisively in the Marriage Postal Survey. There is a clear majority who support same-sex marriage. I congratulate the YES campaign on their victory. I know this result carries significant meaning for many Australians who have long campaigned for a change to the Marriage Act. Importantly, this result gives them both a legal and cultural mandate for change.
During the campaign, I argued in favour of retaining the current definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. I also voted NO in the Marriage Postal Survey, alongside 4,873, 987 Australians. I thank them for their support.
We now have the task of legislating same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament. Out of respect for the Australian people, I will not be voting against the legislation to change the Marriage Act. Rather, as I have previously said on the public record, it is my intention to abstain because I cannot vote against my conscience. The outcome of the legislative change is assured: my abstention will not obstruct the passage of same-sex marriage.
I intend, however, to vote for subsequent amendments to the Marriage Act to protect people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Freedom of religion, conscience and expression are foundational to our democratic tradition. Those with conscientious objections should enjoy the same protections as people who support same-sex marriage. This change in law should not compromise the freedom of the 4.87 million Australians who voted NO.
That is why I will fight to have strong legislative protections for individuals and organisations. Of particular concern is the freedom of parents and faith-based schools to raise and educate children in accordance with their moral and religious convictions. It is my hope that my Coalition colleagues share the same commitment to securing the freedoms of conscience, expression, religion and parental rights for all Australians.
She says she published the spreadsheet to silence the "conspiracy theorists" - really? Why not leave all that stuff where it was, searchable, chronologically set out and there in all its contextual glory?)
You'll find plenty of commentary about Keneally's failed NSW Labor puppet regime and her colleagues Obeid et al elsewhere. My focus today is her dangerous attitude towards Islam.
Earlier this year Ms Kenneally wrote this impassioned defence of Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her brand of Islamism.
I've reprinted Keneally's article in full below. I hope the Christian people in Bennelong take the time to read it.
Here are a few of Keneally's claims.
Keneally's claim #1: "There is zero chance that sharia law is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero."
Shari’a, Shariah, syariah, Shariat are transliterations from the Arabic script. Sharia refers to the divinely ordained law embodied in the Qur’an (the actual word of God as revealed to the Prophet Mohammad), Sunnah (practices and traditions of the Prophet) and fiqh (jurisprudence).
All aspects of a Muslim's life are governed by Sharia. Sharia law comes from a combination of sources including the Qur'an (the Muslim holy book), the Hadith (sayings and conduct of the prophet Muhammad) and fatwas (the rulings of Islamic scholars).
Sharia law is also applied in Australian family law.
It's here Kristina. So much for zero chance. And because the word of Allah as dictated by an angel in a cave is perfect and final, the Sharia too is perfect and final. It can't be changed. So death to apostates? Yes, it's Allah's way.
Let's leave the last word on Zero Chance Sharia to Muslims themselves.
Keneally's claim #2: "Think of the Australian institutions that would need to completely collapse to make this ridiculous idea a reality: federal parliament, state parliaments, the constitution, the courts, a free press, the rule of law, the defence forces, democracy itself."
We published this story last year - drawing the ADF's participation in promoting Islam's aims and goals to the attention of the apparently unaware defenders of our way of life.
"Democracy is a system that is contrary to Islam (because) legislative authority is given to someone other than Allah, may He be exalted. In these systems legislation has been promulgated allowing abortion, same-sex marriage and usurious interest (riba); the rulings of sharee‘ah have been abolished; and fornication/adultery and the drinking of alcohol are permitted. In fact this system is at war with Islam and its followers.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked:
Is it permissible to vote in elections and nominate people for them? Please note that our country is ruled according to something other than that which Allaah revealed?
It is not permissible for a Muslim to nominate himself in the hope that he can become part of a system which rules according to something other than that which Allaah has revealed and operates according to something other than the sharee’ah of Islam. It is not permissible for a Muslim to vote for him or for anyone else who will work in that government, unless the one who nominates himself or those who vote for him hope that by getting involved in that they will be able to change the system to one that operates according to the sharee’ah of Islam, and they are using this as a means to overcome the system of government, provided that the one who nominates himself will not accept any position after being elected except one that does not go against Islamic sharee’ah. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (23/406, 407)
Keneally claim #3 - "I also know that our fellow Islamic citizens in Australia overwhelmingly join me and the rest of us in condemning sharia as an oppressive, archaic, harsh and undemocratic code of law."
No less an authority than the head of the Council of Imams would beg to differ.
And he's in charge of what gets spruiked in the Mosques on Friday Kristina.
"Never become like them".
Turnbull's decision to invite this dangerous psychopath to his official residence for dinner casts further doubt on his judgement and fitness to lead our government.
And here's the Sheikh of Hate asking that question on everyone's lips - can we kill civilians who aren't Muslim?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dines with hate preacher
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AN Islamic preacher — who once called AIDS a divine punishment for gays and for God to “prepare us for jihad”- dined with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House tonight.
Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman, the national president of the Australian National Imams Council, has said in online videos that females will be “hung by the breasts in hell” and that women should not even look at men
He was among a group of religious leaders and prominent Islamic Australians hosted by the PM at an Iftar dinner to mark the holy month of Ramadan at Kirribilli House.
The Australian-born Sheik Shady has previously called on God to help “destroy the enemies of Islam” and for adulterers to be stoned to death.
Among the guests at the dinner included Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly and wife Susan Carland, head of the Australian Multicultural Foundation Hass Dellal, Archbishop of Sydney, Reverend Glenn Davies and Richmond footballer Bachar Houli.
In online videos Shiek Shady has called for the killing of women who engage in premarital sex: “Remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina [sex outside marriage], the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes,” he says.
Here's the follower of Muhammad on women (uncovered meat to TomCat Muslim good ole boys) - women will burn in the fires of hell
Here's freaky-weirdo on women who get raped out of wedlock.
Response to the Kuffirs hey - well weirdo orange beard freak-show has the full support of the Grand Mufti of Australia too.
The Prime Minister says it was a mistake to invite the Shady Sheik to Kirribilli House and condemns the Sheik's teaching on gays.
but the Shady Sheik's views are the views of Islam. He is supported by the Grand Mufti and the national council of Imams.
Malcolm's mistake wasn't inviting a Shady Sheik. The PM's difficulties arise from endorsing Islam, the same Islam the Sheik represents.
The Facebook pages of the council of Imams and the Grand Mufti are like a parallel Australia with Arab and Islamic culture, norms and morality.
The Grand Mufti has now trapped the Prime Minister by publishing an open letter which is now going viral through the web.
The Grand Mufti of the Muslims of Australia doesn't just endorse his colleague - he goes much further. He says the Shady Sheik is a victim of a type of terrorism.
Well one of the first cabs out of that rank was none other than the Prime Minister.
Australia's PM condemns the Sheik and says his views and teaching on gays have no place in Australia. The Grand Mufti supports him and says he is a victim of terrorism.
The challenge has been laid down PM. The Grand Mufti has made move, the next move is yours.
Say nothing and you will tell us all we need to know.
Kenneally Claim - #4 - If we are going on a body count the Catholic clergy has done more harm to more Australians than extremist Muslims. More than 4,000 reports of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic church made to the royal commission. God knows how many more are unreported.
Kristina, you should know your colleague Ms Gillard excluded Islam from the terms of reference of the child abuse royal commission.
And you should get your facts straight too before lining up the fashionable-to-line-up Catholic clergy - Ms Keneally's diatribe carries this erratum notice:
This article was amended on 28 February 2017 to reflect the fact that not all the 4,000 allegations of incidents of abuse were against Catholic clergy. Thirty-four per cent were said to involve lay people and religious sisters.
To help achieve that end, the Commission is directed to inquire into:
what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future;
what institutions and governments should do to...encourage reporting of......child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts;
what should be done to eliminate or reduce impediments... for responding to child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts
Last year the Commission released its interim report - here's the Commission's announcement:
About the Interim Report
Volume 1 outlines why we are here, what we have done, what we're learning and what we need to do next.
Volume 2 includes the personal stories of 150 people who shared their experience of abuse. They have been chosen as a representative group and all names and other identifying features have been changed.
Here are some word counts from the two volumes:
Catholic - 159
Anglican - 54
Church - 327
Priest - 193
Salvation Army - 52
Christian - 63
Marist - 15
Brother - 383
Muslim - zero
Islam - zero
Child-bride - zero
genital mutilation - zero
The Commission's broader website yields similar results - the words Muslim, Islam, child-bride or genital-mutilation simply don't appear. It's hard to argue that 327 mentions of "Church" against zero mentions of "Islam" accurately reflects institutional involvement in child-abuse in Australia.
The Australian case of Madley v Madley (pseudonyms) was brought by a 16 year old girl who wanted to prevent her parents from sending her to a Middle Eastern country for a forced, underaged marriage. In granting her application, the Magistrate said:
The application is one that is becoming increasingly common both before this Court and the Family Court.
.......this young person’s parents have made arrangements for her to marry a person whom she has met on one occasion. The wedding has been planned to take place in a little under two weeks time and would involve this child flying from Australia to a non Hague convention middle eastern country for the purpose of that marriage occurring.
In 2013 the National Children's and Youth Law Centre produced a report on forced child marriages. It surveyed Australian government and non-government agencies working with children. Of 91 respondents, 50 had encountered children at risk of forced marriage in the past 24 months. Underage marriages are against the law. It's child abuse. It's a big and growing problem. But our Royal Commission seems unaware of it.
The 2011 Census recorded more than 3,000 married or de-facto underage teens in Australia. Here's the Daily Telegraph's report on the numbers for NSW.
Here's a report from the ABC dated 2 December 2014.
Nine-year-old suspected child bride leaves Australia to be married, Immigrant Women's Health Service says
A nine-year-old Sydney girl has allegedly left the country to be married overseas, just one of a dozen cases since June, a women's health service says.
The Immigrant Women's Health Service in western Sydney said it received a tip-off on Monday about a case involving a nine-year-old child bride.
The service spoke to the girl's mother but said it could not get specific information. It is suspected the girl will be married in the Middle East.
Government's response was a new "safety plan" with pamphlets, posters and the like.
Here's the reaction from a working professional in the area:
But Dr Eman Sharobeem, director of the Immigrant Women's Health Service, said the strategy would not work because girls were too scared to implicate their families.
"Forced marriage and child brides happen among the culturally and linguistically diverse communities, those communities will not go to the website and will not share glossy papers to see what's written about legislation in the country," she said.
"I don't hope and wish to see parents behind bars ... I already tried with many of them to talk about informing the authorities, and as soon as I put that on the table the girls actually turn their back and say 'we're not even going to have a conversation with you'."
Instead Dr Sharobeem said the Government's new strategy needed to put more resources towards grassroots education campaigns and to teach girls how to speak to their families.
"'Teach us how to talk to our parents, because our own mother wants to send us to a man we don't know', are some of the words I heard from these girls," Dr Sharobeem said.
"It breaks my heart to see that we're trying our best to save lives and yet the Government is printing glossy paper."
It breaks my heart too. We have a Royal Commission inquiring into the way Institutions respond to child abuse. An institution includes a religion, and we seem to be zealously inquiring into the Christian churches and their practices dating to the 1950s. How about a bit of focus on a clear and present danger to children which shows no sign of abating into the future?
In the same way as it has exhaustively examined the practices of the Catholic Church, this Royal Commission must examine the Koran, Hadith and Shura, along with Islamist preaching. The Royal Commission will have failed us if it continues to ignore these crimes against children.
Good on you for being nice Kristina. You'd be a lovely neighbour. But please, stay out of politics and public niceness, it's just too dangerous for the rest of us when you're there.
Here's Kristina's original piece from The Guardian, published 27 February this year.
There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero.
It seems ridiculous that this sentence even needs to be written. But the spat between Senator Jacqui Lambie and TV presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Q&A recently, and the brouhaha that has followed, suggests that it does.
Think of the Australian institutions that would need to completely collapse to make this ridiculous idea a reality: federal parliament, state parliaments, the constitution, the courts, a free press, the rule of law, the defence forces, democracy itself.
Who knew Australian democracy was so weak that a young Muslim woman talking about her faith on national television might be its downfall? She’s obviously infiltrating within, working for the ABC and being sent on goodwill tours by the department of foreign affairs and trade. The outrage machine cranked itself to fever pitch, seeking to destroy Abdel-Magied’s credibility, reputation, and her professional livelihood.
A word about sharia. I’m no Muslim scholar but I do understand that there is a difference between sharia as a personal ethics code and sharia law as used by repressive governments and certain Islamic sects as a cruel tool of control.
I am relaxed about the former. For generations Muslims have lived in western countries practising sharia and obeying the laws of the land. Thousands of Muslims live in Australia doing exactly this. Carry on, my fellow citizens. Pray five times a day if you want, and don’t mind me when I refrain from meat on Fridays during Lent – it’s just a Catholic thing I do. Don’t worry, I’m not expecting you to do it too.
I also know that our fellow Islamic citizens in Australia overwhelmingly join me and the rest of us in condemning sharia as an oppressive, archaic, harsh and undemocratic code of law when it is used by extremist groups and governments to terrorise and control Muslim people – especially Muslim women – in some Muslim majority nations.
I don’t know Yassmin Abdel-Magied but I know what it is like to try to explain why you are a feminist and a member of a patriarchal religion. It is to invite scorn and derision from some quarters.
I am a Catholic scholar. I am a feminist. I can make a strong case that Jesus was a feminist while the Catholic church is a sexist organisation greatly influenced by the patriarchal Roman empire. But it would take a lot of careful and thoughtful discussion, the kind of conversation that doesn’t make great television. Some people would mock.
Abdel-Magied was trying to make a similar point about Islam, the prophet Muhammad and subsequent patriarchal interpretations of the Koran. Maybe she was naive to think the “reality show” that Q&A has descended into was the best place to use phrases like “Islam is the most feminist of all religions” and “There is a difference between religion and culture.” Sentences like that need to be placed in context, unpacked for nuance.
Unfortunately context and nuance are not big features of conversation inside the outrage machine, but double standards are rife.
It seems that every Australian Muslim who pokes their head up in public is expected to own, explain and condemn any terrorist act carried out by any extremist Muslim anywhere in the world. The outrage machine demands it, and then that same machine judges if the words are sufficient.
Why isn’t this same outrage applied to Australian Catholics? If we are going on a body count the Catholic clergy has done more harm to more Australians than extremist Muslims. More than 4,000 reports of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic church made to the royal commission. God knows how many more are unreported. Innocent Australian children and young people are the victims. Lives have been ruined: suicides and mental illness, broken families, grotesque physical injury.
Why isn’t the outrage machine demanding the Catholic prime minister condemn this horrendous and sustained attack on Australians every time the commission hears from another victim of Catholic abuse?
Why aren’t they regularly calling for the Catholic deputy prime minister to speak out and make clear he does not condone what some Catholic clergy have done?
Why aren’t they asking the Catholic-raised leader of the opposition about whether Cardinal George Pell should face questions in Australia? Oh, wait, the leader of the opposition said in parliament two weeks ago that Cardinal Pell should be sent back to Australia to face questions. Why didn’t the outrage machine join that bandwagon?
Why aren’t they demanding the government urgently implement a national redress scheme to make reparations to the Catholic church’s victims?
Or is taking on Australian Catholics hitting just a little too close to home?
It’s easier, isn’t it, to pick on the young woman with the scarf on her head, or get upset about two little girls in a hijab, all in the name of making Australia safe.
What brave defenders of freedom, of Australia, you are.
Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters after 72 per cent of staff reported dangerous levels of workplace stress.
The Commonwealth and Public Sector Union and ABC health and safety representatives will invoke powers under the Workplace Health and Safety Act after a union survey revealed safety risks.
Sinddy Ealy, ABC Section Secretary for the CPSU, said the decision was not taken lightly.
“ABC staff and the union have been raising concerns with the ABC’s leadership since the start of the year,” Ms Ealy said.
“There’s been a lot of rhetoric from them about valuing staff but the bottom line is things have gotten worse. Workers cannot see any evidence that the ABC is mitigating safety risks or complying with the legislation, which is why we’ve been forced to take this action.”
The ABC plans to axe the old radio and television divisions and relocate content producing staff into three content groups of news, regionals and features and many staff will be forced to relocate over the next six months.
The union said only 10 per cent of ABC staff trust the direction the ABC’s senior leadership is taking the organisation, while 72 per cent have reported increased workplace stress and 60 per cent reported increased workloads. The union has surveyed 770 staff so far.