Another page in the Morrison Government's shame file

The Morrison Government has voted to water down local screen content rules – meaning they’ve voted for fewer Australian stories on TV and fewer jobs for Australian creators whilst pandering to the multi-nationals.

3 June 2021


THE Liberal National Government has brought legislation into Parliament that will halve Australia’s screen content obligations for subscription broadcasters like Foxtel.


While governments around the world are moving to impose new local content obligations on streaming platforms like Netflix, Mr Morrison is going in the opposite direction – dismantling the obligations that already exist.


This is another page in the already bulging Morrison Government’s anti-Australian shame file, which seeks to dismantle the rules that foster Australia’s world class screen sector that tells Australian stories to Australians and the world.


The Morrison Government is only too happy to line up for photo opportunities with Hollywood stars – even as it quietly slashes the rules that guarantee Australian content on our screens.


It has been years since the Government first announced a review of Australian screen content and that any changesGovernment should ensure a harmonised regulatory framework across all platforms and that makes the content Australian.


The Morrison Government also voted against constructive amendment to allow all other measures in the bill to pass through Parliament with everyone’s, including support for regional and small publishers.


It has been years since the Government announced the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund, yet this funding has still not all been delivered.


And to rub even more salt into the bleeding wound, the Government’s funding for public interest journalism has been late, inadequate and spread too thinly. The Government must announce funding in accordance with the recommendations of the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry to ensure direct grants reach media outlets in need.


The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 puts the incompetence of this Government and Minister up in lights - a broadway show to remember as another shame file page is catalogued.


This Bill highlights the Morrison Government’s ongoing policy failure and delay when it comes to securing the future of Australian stories on our screens, and ensuring timely support for public interest journalism for small and regional publishers.


To be perfectly frank, the Morrison Government just doesn’t deliver.

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