Greens call for 30% Location Tax Offset for all films

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15 Feb 2013 | Christine Milne
Arts

Film and creative arts industries create thousands of jobs in Australia and are a critical driver in the transition from a dig it up, cut it down, ship it away economy to the diverse knowledge and information based future that will make us competitive in the 21st century. They must be supported.

"I am very pleased the government has moved to secure the filming and production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but this should not be a one-off," Senator Christine Milne said.

"The Greens are committed to an increase in the Location Tax Offset for films to 30% in line with global practice for all films, not just one-offs like Wolverine or 20,000 Leagues.

"Last year I visited the set of Wolverine where I met over a thousand people from builders to architects, to designers to special effects technicians, as well as the actors, and it was fantastic to see so many people from so many professional backgrounds working together in the cultural sector in Australia.

"The knowledge and information sector needs this 30% tax offset boost, so we can help retain creative talent by giving them the certainty that they need.

"I am determined to secure the 30% Location Tax Offset and I raised it again with the Prime Minister this week.

"Aside from the 30% offset, I would also encourage Minister Crean to release the long-promised cultural policy which appears stuck somewhere deep in the Government's filing cabinets."