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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 the narrow definition of e-commerce found in the Australia-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the definition used in the Australia-United States FTA to ensure that digital cultural products are excluded from the FTA, and

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

( a ) removing the regulations which place restrictions on 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.

Notice of motion altered on 7 October 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.