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Live Australian music needs support across government

Media Release
Christine Milne 23 Feb 2012

On the first national SLAM Day, the Australian Greens joined the Save Live Australian Music campaign in its call for a well-thought-out whole of government approach to supporting the live music industry, which brings so much joy to so many Australians, and creates significant economic activity.

"Who among us doesn't love seeing great Australian bands live, and sharing the pride in their achievements around the world?" Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"But live music has been struggling for too long thanks to both the drive for short term profits and the failure of governments to get their acts together.

"The Greens have long called for changes to the welfare system to remove the bias against practising musicians and help them earn a living wage.

"It is very wise of the SLAM Day organisers to highlight the lack of cohesive policies across government. This is a problem in so many areas, and live music is clearly no exception.

"Supporting our live musicians should be on the agenda of not only the Office for the Arts, but also the departments of Education, Treasury, Communications, Trade and many more.

"I was lucky enough to be at the Falls Festival this year, where 16,500 people enjoyed a few days of live music. We mustn't let great occasions like this be strangled by a lack of support for live musicians and live music."

Australian Greens Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, who spoke at the original SLAM Day rally, said "Live music is the heart of Melbourne. We urge the Gillard government to get behind SLAM's plan to take Australia's live music to the next level and keep live music alive."


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