Greens initiate inquiry into Australian-made content

The Greens have initiated an inquiry into the economic and cultural value of Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services, to shine a light on the contribution of Australian-made television, film and music to the social and cultural landscape.

“We’ve got so many great stories to tell across the country, and talented people working in our television, film and music industries. It’s time to acknowledge the positive impact investing in these industries has on our nation, and find out how we can improve it,” Greens communication and arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Big commercial broadcasters complain that creating Australian programming doesn’t suit their business model but what they seem to ignore is the immense value Australian content has on our society and how we can project Australia to the rest of the world.

“The way we watch television has changed with online and on-demand services like Netflix and Stan. We need local content requirements for these service too, just like is being done in other countries around the world.

“If the big commercial broadcasters have their way, local content requirements for children’s television will be abolished and Australian-made drama will be cut. Australian families  deserve to have their stories told, and their communities reflected back to them on screen; this is especially vital for children making sense of the world around them.

“We know that too many commercial radio stations across the country are already not meeting their requirement to play 25 per cent Australian music. We have a flourishing industry with outstanding artists producing world-class music, and it needs to be heard.

“This inquiry will focus on the value that Australian television and music contributes to our society, through economic benefits, export potential and community building.”

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