Abbott Government cuts to the ABC will have a devastating impact on South Australia with confirmation today of the closure of South Australia’s TV production, the closure of the Port Augusta regional office, and a massive loss of local jobs, with 400 job cuts nationally.

On the eve of the election Tony Abbott promised “no cuts to the ABC, no cuts to the SBS,” yet has delivered $254 million in cuts to the ABC alone.

Christopher Pyne, as a senior member of the Government had the opportunity to lobby Tony Abbott to keep his promise, yet instead with the cuts imminent, he launched a public attack on the ABC, abusing them for not being able to manage these massive cuts.

“There’s no point in Christopher yelling in South Australia, if he then sits mute in the Cabinet Room,” Federal Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, said.

“Our ABC should be an ABC for all of us, but Tony Abbott’s lies and poor representation from SA Liberals has resulted in a less localised national broadcaster.”

“It is absolutely vital that the ABC has a truly national voice, which includes local news, not just one reflective of the eastern states.”

“Disgustingly Tony Abbott in Parliament today described these cuts, which have resulted in loss of SA jobs and production, as waste to get rid of.”

“South Australians aren’t asking for much, just for Christopher to stop hiding behind an internet petition and do his job.”

“This is a very sad day for these hundreds of workers and their families as they face the devastation of these job losses.”

“I thank them for their hard work in delivering quality news, television and radio in South Australia and across the country.”