12 Nov 2008
The Greens and Liberals moved a joint motion in the Senate today calling on the Rudd Government to immediately reinstate 2008-09 funding for the Australian National Academy of Music, to ensure that the unique school stays open next year.
"Australia needs more highly trained professionals, and our musical star performers, who bring such stimulation and joy to our lives, are critical to our national well-being," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Arts Spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne.
10 Nov 2008
Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (4:37 PM) -The incorporated speech read as follows-
Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Peter Garrett's proposals for a resale royalty right for Australian visual artists is yet another example of this Government's favoured approach-take a good idea and do as little as you possibly can so you can pretend to be doing something about it while safe in the knowledge that nothing will actually happen.
Resale Royalties are an important way for visual artists to be recognised for their work which, not uncommonly, increases dramatically in value over time. This is obviously particularly the case for indigenous artists. It is an approach which the Australian Greens support.
What Minister Garrett has proposed, however, is a scheme which will provide little or no benefit for many years. This is mostly because of the decision to apply the royalty only to second and subsequent sales after the legislation comes into effect. This will inevitably delay any royalty receipts for decades and deprive some artists of significant benefits on first sales. This is a breach of what the community thought the Rudd Government was promising during the 2007 election campaign and members of the artistic community are extremely disappointed.
It is also problematic that the scheme will be different from other schemes around the world, jeopardising hopes that we could negotiate reciprocal rights that would allow Australian artists to benefit from resale of their work in the European and US markets, for instance.
Why is Minister Garrett so determined to do so little when he could so easily do so much?
27 Aug 2008
Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (10.15 a.m.)-I rise today on behalf of the Australian Greens to support the Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008. The bill effectively repeals a provision in the Higher Education Support Act which tied university funding to compliance with workplace relations requirements and governance requirements. The Australian Greens did not support this provision when it was introduced by the previous government; it was bad policy then and it is bad policy now.
14 Nov 2007
Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne, at Tantalus Studios in Melbourne, today announced that the Greens would work to ensure that Australian interactive games developers received the same support that our film industry receives via a production tax offset.
Senator Milne said "Australians are rightly proud of our film industry and are happy to see governments supporting the industry, helping it grow and compete in the world market.
"Given the tremendous popularity of interactive computer games, Australia's games developers would doubtless receive the same community support if only Australians knew how successful they are becoming on the world stage."
In an extremely competitive international market, Australian games developers are pitted against developers in America, Asia and Europe who receive significant government support through tax credits or similar benefits. Without being able to offer the same benefits to investors, Australian games developers are missing opportunities such as developing games for Australian made movies including The Matrix and Happy Feet.
This policy would simply apply to games developers a 40% production tax offset for expenditure in Australia, such as is offered to the film industry. It is estimated to cost in the order or $5 million a year initially, which, it is hoped, would stimulate some $20 million of investment and much more in export earnings. The funding would be additional to the offset for the film industry, and would not reduce their level of support.
Supporting games developers with this tax offset would allow the industry to employ more people and grow to the point where it can begin owning its own intellectual property, rather than being a service provider for global entertainment giants.
"The interactive games development industry is an excellent example of an innovative, smart industry that Australia should be encouraging, while moving away from the old economic paradigm of 'dig it up, cut it down and ship it overseas'."
The policy can be downloaded from here:
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