It is an excellent piece, and from someone with a lot more experience than most (I didn't realise the extent of Keith’s past role in the ABC).
But I’d like to add a Papua New Guinea perspective as the ABC is a most trusted news source not just in Australia but across the Pacific, and particularly in PNG.
And the ABC is one of just two news organisations (the other is Radio New Zealand International) to retain a local presence in PNG.
Its reporters have included highly-respected international journalists like Sean Dorney, Liam Fox, Don Hook and Jemima Garrett. There have been many others.
I can't speak for PNG folk, but I'd say that many listen to Radio Australia and watch the Australia Network and would feel a great sense of loss if these services were to be cut back or, as is expected to be the case with the Australia Network, removed altogether.
The structured English language classes alone are an enormous benefit to people in Asia and the South Pacific. And I believe Radio Australia is the only international media organisation to run regular Tok Pisin news services.
So the ABC plays a role internationally, and is especially important to the people of Papua New Guinea, so I'd say to Julie Bishop - respect the great ABC broadcasting tradition and the loyalty it has earned over many years in PNG and the South Pacific.
Mess with this and you will undo countless years of quality broadcasting and news reporting, which is of great importance far beyond the confines of Canberra.
Remember the legacy of the great Damien Parer, who won Australia's first Oscar for his gripping on-the-ground film documentary, Kokoda, Front Line! Without such people, the world would be ignorant.