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Notice given 17 September 2003

609  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the collapse of the World Trade Organization talks in Cancun, Mexico,

(ii) that agricultural subsidies are a crucial issue for Australian farmers, and

(iii) that agricultural subsidies can only be discussed in multilateral trade negotiations; and

(b) calls on the Government to publicly explain to Australian farmers that agricultural subsidies in the United States of America (US) cannot be on the table in the US-Australia free trade agreement.

610  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that Australia is one of the most open markets for foreign television programming, 68.7 per cent of new airtime hours being of foreign origin,

(ii) that United States of America (US) films take 83 per cent of annual Australian box office takings, and

(iii) the experience of New Zealand which now has one of the lowest percentages of local content, at 24 per cent, as a result of excessive liberalisation of its cultural industries; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) ensure that any free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and the US classifies Australian cultural products as technologically neutral, assuring that these will not fall under the category of ‘e-commerce’, and

(ii) protect and strengthen existing support mechanisms for Australian cultural industries by:

( a ) removing the regulations restrict the number of foreign cast and crew per production from any FTA negotiations, and

( b ) removing local content quota regulations, and the Government’s ability to increase the quota in the future, from any FTA negotiations.

On 9 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion