by Dov Kornits

“The world is changing and so is the way we consume media. Whether it is film, television or music, we need to invest in the industry and bolster our cultural capital,” Greens media and arts spokesperson, and committee chair, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

More than 40 submissions were put in front of the committee, everyone from Screen Producers Australia to Netflix.

“A healthy democracy is aided by a nation that can tell its own stories, and is able to hold a mirror up to itself and others,” continued Hanson-Young. “Telling stories about who we are and what our values are gives us a chance to reflect, debate and celebrate who we are as a nation. It is a unique, and important type of soft diplomacy that lets us engage with the world.

“With 7.1 million Australians using streaming services, we need to introduce content quotas for services like Netflix, Amazon and Stan. We need to make sure Australian programming is being shown where Australian audiences are.

“This does not mean we should let traditional broadcasters off the hook. If the big commercial broadcasters have their way, local content requirements for children’s television would be abolished. Children’s TV requirements must be maintained; our kids’ entertainment and education programming should not be left to Masterchef and Ninja Warrior.

“The screen and music industries inject almost $14 billion into our economy, and employ hundreds of thousands of people. Not only are these art forms great unifiers in our communities, they make a significant contribution to our economy.

“It makes good economic sense to support the industry that reflects who we are as a society, sharing that with the rest of the world.

“What this inquiry has shown is our entertainment sector is at a crossroads. Australians are passionate about local music, film and television, but the framework set up to support the industry needs to be brought into the modern world. We owe it to Australians, young and old, to support our local television, film and music industries to do what they do best in a changing media landscape.”

  • Madeleine Hetherton
    Madeleine Hetherton
    28 March 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Absolutely. Australians deserve to hear their own stories. Quotas a critical part of that.

  • Phillip avalon
    Phillip avalon
    29 March 2019 at 2:26 pm

    We only need to look at other countries to see how they protect their culture. If we don’t put these content regulations in place, we would soon become another American state, their stories, their language.

  • Cathy Scott
    29 March 2019 at 3:36 pm

    We need to reach out to politicians across the board and get behind them to legislate quotas. It will create jobs but more importantly it will create great stories about us and our extraordinary culture. Write your local member now.

  • Tina Harijs
    30 March 2019 at 8:50 am

    It’s so important we support the industry. Completely agree both streaming services and traditional broadcasters need quotas and children’s television is key. We need to make quality Australian Children’s content and the only way to help this happen is with better quotas across all platforms.

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