Greens back local content

The Greens have announced plans to establish a Creativity Commission and a Content Creator Fund with a grant fund of $50 million each year for local content.

The Content Creator Fund will support high quality local content, including $2 million for First Nations content creation.

A $10 million Creativity Commission fund, will provide oversight, advice and structural support to the creative sector and beyond.

Greens arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said, “There is no limit to creativity in Australia, yet our producers, artists and talent are limited by the ebb and flow international markets and commercial broadcasters’ disinterest in good local content. We need consistent investment for people to get a foothold in creative industries and be able to stay there.

“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, which would have a devastating ripple effect on the production sector.

“Australians deserve to have their stories told, and their communities reflected back to them on screen. Not only that, but it helps Australia engage with the rest of the world, while providing a lucrative export.

“A creative Australia is something our nation can be proud of at home and abroad. In this ever-increasingly globally connected world, the soft diplomacy great Australian content – and children’s content – can foster is a win-win.

“We export so much world-class content. We have huge names starring in major roles around the world. This is the time to invest in our creative industries to see just how far we could go.”

The Greens have also vowed to restore  funding to the Australia Council and push for local content requirements for streaming services, such as Netflix and Stan.

However they have not indicated preferred numbers in quotas.

One Comment:

  1. Sarah Hanson-Young has a good point about commercial broadcasters finding excuses to lower the amount of local content. This is the case in regards to children’s content. This could also be a result of ABC 3 coming into place. It should too be noted that it was people and politicians from Labor & Liberal background that had provided funding and came up with Indigenous content creation, such as NITV, including its transition to free-to-air, as well as facilitating the creation and content production of ABC3. This is not to say that people who support The Greens were not involved in the processes either. It had been the major parties that were in power that provided critical funding in the past.

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