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Local children’s content quotas must be strengthened

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government reviewing local content requirements for children’s television on traditional commercial broadcasters and new streaming services.

“This review must provide practical measures to strengthen Australian children television content for broadcasters and streaming services,” Greens arts and youth spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

“If the big commercial broadcasters have their way, local content quotas would be no more and our children would go without. This simply can’t be allowed to happen.

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Australian Greens welcome children’s television creators to #SaveKidsTV campaign

The Australian Greens are proud to stand with children’s television producers from around the country in fighting to maintain, and strengthen, local content laws.

“Australian children’s television is under attack by big commercial broadcasters who want to cheap out on local content, and the flow-on effects would be irreversibly devastating for our broader community. We welcome the industry joining the fight to #SaveKidsTV,” Greens arts and youth spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Broadcasters, government should support Australian kids TV: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Communications Minister to strengthen the requirements for broadcasters to produce high quality Australian made television content, especially for children, in the wake of today's licencing announcement.

"If the big broadcasters are going to pay less for licences under this government, then they must be required to support more Australian TV content," the Greens' youth and arts spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens launch #SaveKidsTV campaign to defend Australian children’s television

The Australian Greens have today launched the #SaveKidsTV campaign to protect children’s storytelling in Australia.

#SaveKidsTV will seek to protect our children’s television industry by highlighting the challenges that the sector faces from new streaming services like Netflix and Stan while also pushing for the government to strengthen the requirements of television broadcasters to produce and air high quality locally made children’s content.

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PC report into copyright changes must not be the trojan horse for further attacks on Australian arts

Sarah Hanson-Young 20 Dec 2016

Proposed changes to copyright laws in Australia do nothing to protect artists and devalue their contribution to our society, The Australian Greens say.

"The Productivity Commission's report is more about a establishing a protection racket for the big multi-national corporations like Google, than a genuine response to audience needs or investing in Australian jobs or industry," Greens Arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens launch arts plan - reverses Coalition cuts, helps artists make a living

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2016

Today Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Wentworth Dejay Toborek launched the Greens arts policy initiative for NSW at the historic Bondi Pavilion. They were joined by Peter O'Doherty, musician with Australian band Dog Trumpet who is supporting the Greens initiative.

"The Greens have a plan not only to reverse the Coalition's deep cuts to the arts sector, but to invest a further $270.2 million over the next four years," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens release plan to help artists make a living

Adam Bandt 8 Jun 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today released the Greens' plan to support artists to make a living and save for their retirement ahead of the National Arts Debate at the Wheeler Centre.

"Artists entertain, challenge and inspire us and are at the core of our cultural life, yet many artists can struggle to make a living," Mr Bandt said.

"Working as an artist often means working in casual or insecure work, making it difficult for artists to save or plan for their retirement."

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Greens release plan to revive Australian arts

Adam Bandt 30 May 2016

The Australian Greens today launched the first part of their arts policy, which will reverse the Liberals’ attacks on the arts by restoring their funding cuts and invest an additional $270.2 million into the Australian arts sector. The Greens will commit to disbanding the controversial Catalyst fund run by the Ministry for the Arts and restoring the full funding the Liberal government cut from the Australia Council of the Arts. In addition, the Greens will double the amount of funding for the council’s Grants and Initiatives for small to medium arts organisations and individual artists.

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Greens will reverse cuts to Australia Council & the arts

Adam Bandt 13 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will reverse the Liberals’ devastating cuts to the Australia Council following reports that up to 50 previously funded organisations have lost funding, including in the electorate of Melbourne.

“This is a tough week in a grim year for artists and people working in the arts right across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Government arts funding decision ‘disturbing’: Greens

Adam Bandt 9 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said it was disturbing that the government has allocated almost half of the four year Catalyst funding in its first year after news broke that the government has announced millions of dollars in further grants ahead of the caretaker period.

“It is disturbing that on the eve of the election the government has spent almost half of Catalyst’s four year funding in its very first year,” Mr Bandt said.

“This is why arts funding should be kept at arm’s length from ministers, especially in election years.”

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