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“What a great achievement. Especially for a service that only meant to last a few months back in 1975. SBS Radio is so unique because it brings to all Australians news, language, culture and entertainment that just isn’t found elsewhere. We are a country of many people, many cultures and many experiences. We need to hear and we want to hear the latest news and views from around the globe. And in many ways the stories and news on SBS are our stories, they reflect who we are and where we come from. Our diversity is a source of national pride and unity, we are stronger for it. And SBS Radio has played a significant role in shining a light on that. Once again congratulations on 40 years of achievement.” The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable SirPeter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
“there’s no doubt that this is an absolutely unique service anywhere in the world and an enormously important part of Australia’s program to succeed as a multicultural country. So my congratulations to everybody involved in this program, all the many producers and announcers across the 74 languages that SBS covers, and long may you succeed in continuing this enterprise.” Former SBS Chairman Joseph Skrzynski AO
“it performs a vital function and for all of those years it’s provided quality news, current affairs and programs that cater for our diverse multicultural community.” New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.
“SBS has been the meeting place for millions of Australian families, giving them a face, lending them a voice and helping them belong. Congratulations again on this milestone, as SBS nears this half century, I know it’s reach can grow even wide and it’s future even brighter.” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
“keep up the great work, we can’t do without you.” Julian Burnside AO QC
“what a wonderful achievement it is and a testament to SBS’ enduring contribution to Australian society. SBS is rightly regarded as an icon of multiculturalism and for the last four decades you have ensured a voice for our diverse communities in the Australia media. I and every other friend of multiculturalism are very grateful for your contribution.” Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphomasane
“thanks a lot for opening my view to the world, in diversity, cultures, the food and most of all the fact that people do things differently, which is the most valuable ingredient in life.” ABC’s Gardening Australia and SBS’ Costa’s Garden Odessey host Costa Geogiadis