Quentin Dempster speaks at the Warringah forum, and from left to right Ed Davis, Sandra Levy and Anne Maria Nicholson

ABC Alumni representatives addressed voters in the contentious seat of Warringah on February 27th, responding to local concerns about funding and the independence of the ABC.

ABC alumni Quentin Dempster, Sandra Levy and Anne Maria Nicholson were on the panel, with Alumni associate and ABC Friends national vice-president Ed Davis

The event was organised by Voices of Warringah which canvasses election issues.

About 70 people attended, many angry at the whittling down of funding by the Coalition government and previous Labor governments.

Quentin Dempster reminded the audience it was the current MP, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had broken his promise that there would be no cuts to the ABC or SBS.

All candidates for the Federal poll were invited. Abbott and Independent Susan Moylan-Coombs sent apologies.

Prominent independent Zali Steggall, the ALP’s Dean Harris and the Greens Kristyn Glanville attended.

Ed Harris urged the audience to sign up to the Friends of the ABC, which would be supporting candidates committing to funding increases and full independence of the ABC.

Former PM Tony Abbott has held Warringah since 1994, but polling shows independent candidate Zali Steggall is on track to replace him.