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Digital media hub offers rewards for Tasmania

With the NBN switched on, the Greens say a world class digital media learning and production centre based in Launceston could maximise Tasmania's communications advantage, and offer a platform for the development of an online community TV station.

Greens deputy leader, Senator Christine Milne called for a study into the feasibility of the digital media centre, saying it would provide an inspiration for those wishing to explore the benefits of a super fast internet connection.

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A vibrant future for performing arts

The Australian Greens are today launching a policy platform to help ensure a vibrant future for the performing arts in Australia.

The platform includes grants programs for innovation in the arts and for touring domestically and globally, policies to support artists through periods of unpredictable work, and a commitment to begin political engagement with the challenge of cleaning up copyright law.

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Renewing local communities: making empty spaces creative spaces

The Australian Greens are today announcing an innovative policy to revitalise local communities by making empty shopfronts available to be used by creative small businesses at no cost to the owners.

The policy will be announced this afternoon with the idea's originator and founder of Renew Newcastle, Marcus Westbury, as well as Greens candidates for the Victorian Senate and Melbourne, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt.

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Greens welcome decision on Super Art

The Australian Greens today welcomed the Gillard government's decision to reject the Cooper Review's recommendation to remove art from Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said: "Ensuring that art can still qualify for DIY super investment will help keep the art market and the creative culture in Australia alive and kicking, especially for new and emerging and indigenous artists whose work particularly benefits from this ongoing investment. This is a very welcome decision which has clear tri-partite support."

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Supporting artists benefits us all

The Australian Greens' are tonight launching a policy platform to help young and emerging artists earn an income from their art and reward all artists for their success. The launch will take place as Senator Milne opens an exhibition of Charles Blackman's work.

"The Greens recognise the wonderful role artists play in our society, helping us to understand our world, bringing us together as a community and challenging us to see it from a different perspective," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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