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Daily Telegraph’s editorial bias trumps facts again; energy efficiency saves money

The Daily Telegraph has launched another error-ridden attack on sensible policy today, the Australian Greens said.

"Rupert Murdoch's Daily Telegraph is once again allowing its editorial bias to trump factual reporting, at great cost to the community," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"How sensible policies to help Australian householders save money and cut pollution can be twisted into a scare campaign about increased costs is almost beyond imagining, but that is what the Daily Telegraph has done

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Tassie TV production at risk: Another reason to properly fund ‘Our ABC’

Remarks made by ABC managing director, Mark Scott, that internal television production at ABC Tasmania is not guaranteed is a cause for great concern, the Australian Greens said today.

The ABC is required under its charter to run a national organisation with strong local content, but this suggests that the ABC is continuing to centralise its operations in Melbourne and Sydney at the expense of the regions.

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Australia Council review must not be an excuse to defund programs

The review of the Australia Council for the Arts announced by Minister Simon Crean is an important process that must not be kept secret, and must not be used as an excuse to defund programs, the Australian Greens said today.

"There is very wide agreement in the arts sectors across Australia that a review of the Australia Council is necessary, but the proof will be in the pudding," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Support for games developers an exciting step, but film industry not yet ‘saved’

Extending the 40% producer tax offset to games developers, as foreshadowed by Arts Minister Simon Crean today, is a forward-thinking and job-creating step first proposed by the Greens in 2007.

However, claims that the film industry has been ‘saved' by the increased tax offsets are premature, with an urgent need to lift the location offset to match global standards in order to continue to generate jobs and investment, the Australian Greens said today

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Music Matters: a refreshing new take on copyright

The Music Matters campaign launched today in Australia and New Zealand is a refreshing new take on supporting artists for their work through a ‘trust mark' to help fans choose to consume music in a way that supports the artists.

The Greens welcome this initiative as an important step in reconciling the need to support artists for their creative work with the increasingly diffuse means of consumption and online sharing culture which can bring tremendous benefits to creative artists.

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Jobs saved in film industry but jobs on the line at cultural institutions

The increase and expansion of tax offsets for film production will save jobs and infrastructure in the film and television industry but jobs will go at cultural institutions unless they are exempted from the efficiency dividend, the Australian Greens said today.

"For the arts, this budget seems to be 'a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down'," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Film production tax offsets drive huge investment in Australian culture

A proposed increase in film production tax offsets would bring tremendous benefits to the economy and support Australian culture if included in tomorrow's budget, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens have long been supportive of calls from the film industry to increase the Location and Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) tax offsets from 15% of qualifying production spend to 30% in order to once again compete to attract global investment.

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