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steps might be. The Greens Leader Christine Milne has announced her party's arts policy. She joined the member for Melbourne Adam Bandt for a media conference a short time ago.For the Greens, the arts are not only intrinsically worth while, but they're also the key to transforming our society from the old dig it up, cut it down, ship it away type of economy to one which is knowledge, information and creativity based. Because that is what this century is actually about. We need people to be thinking about outside the box. Creativity is where it's at, but also the role that the artist in holding up a mirror to the broader society and challenging the norms is such a critical role and even more so as countries go more conservative. It's critical and it's wonderful to see here today the cartel with some of the messages that are on knitted animals. The - everything is about saying what's your country like, what are the values in this place and how can it be better, how can it be different and what contribution can we make? So valuing the artist and the role of artists is critical to Green thinking. If you go back, all the conservation campaigns I've ever been involved in one of the key components of touching people's emotions and their hearts in conservation campaigning has been music. Shane Howard and the Franklin, for photography. Has been for example. Has been photography. Has been all kinds photography. Has of perform and visual arts, contributing to actually contributing grabbing people and getting contributing to them to any about grabbing people and them to any about the issues. them to any And if there's been them to any about the And if there's been one failure
I think And if there's I think to do that it's been a I think to do that it's been climate campaign in recent years which has depended so much on the science and not enough on using the arts and allowing the arts to speak to people about what this means for our future, for the planet, for our fellow species and so on. Adam and I are really pleased to be here today to say we want to give Uhng young and emerging artists real support to go from the early stages of their careers and get a start in actually having a lifelong career in the arts. That means something are doing something which has been talked about for a long time but no-one has ever delivered. And that's something that a living wage is a fair thing for people making a contribution to the quality of life in our society and that's why, as far as Centrelink is concerned, being an artist contributing to the quality of life in our country deserves was
that level of support. So this was not a new idea, this was recommended as early as 2002 in the report called 'Don't give up your day job'. And so we had this costed by the parliamentary budget office, and it would amount to about forward estimates. So we're saying we want forward estimates. saying we want to put that saying we want to put that $36 million into supporting young and emerging artists to be able to meet and emerging artists to meet with Centrelink obligations by demonstrating that they are involved in developing their art form in their best interests of the community. So that's the first part of it. The second part of it is to say we recognise that artists are generous people and give of their time and their heart in all kinds of ways for the community. But that costs money. It costs money to framework. It costs money to get transport to a venue T costs money to actually put on a performance and often, that's not paid. That's just a contribution to the quality of event and certainly that would be the case with many of our street artists as well. And so we're saying that across the forward estimates we want to put $3 million a year into paying for the costs associated with exhibition and performance that are not paid roles. So we want to do that and we also want to do two other things. We want to make sure that the Art Smart program gets extended. That is allowing young artists training in how to set up a small business and how to be more business savvy in managing their affairs because that's often quite a difficult thing to do. And then ... whoa! And then finally, we've been saying that the small business policy the Greens have announced, which is a 2% tax cut for small business, plus accelerated depreciation for a $10,000 asset if you like enables people who are already getting then seches organised and registered as a small business can actually benefit from that. Finally the art collection at Parliament House is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to be collected in a major collection and give them a real start. Under John Howard they changed the rules to only collect established artists rather than emerging artists. There's been some flexibility in recent years but we'd like to see that moved to go back and have the priority on emerging artists being collected by the parliamentary collection. Those apologies are on top of our regional arts which is about another 10 million into regional arts. 6 million to bring that up to where it used to be and another 4 million to government to be able to employ a cultural officer to help drive and coordinate a cultural officer to drive and coordinate the arts
in rural drive and coordinate in rural and regional areas.
And finally with our location offset for films, we've been out of the blocks for a long time saying that we want time saying that we want that increased to the 30% because it does attract major films to Australia and in doing so, allows the skills and job opportunities for young artists involved in film to get some experience in those big films and also to be able to benefit from the networking that those associated with it. I just want to reassure people for the Greens the arts is a critical part of who we are as a people. It's special. It has to be valued. Equally, it is also about helping to transform our society and enable us to be the country we can become and if we don't have a thriving arts community, whether it's live music, whether it's visual
performance, whether it's visual art, whatever it is, if we don't have that, we are poorer as a nation. We want to inject conversation about the arts into this election campaign. Thank you.(Applause)

Thanks Christine. Just briefly, Melbourne wouldn't be what it is without its artsists. It's a reason around Australia and from all
around people come here from all
around the world, but artists are really struggling. And the are really struggling. Greens plan will make a big are really struggling. And difference to the everyday life of artists right across the spectrum. By making it so that the work that you do to develop and promote your skills and your art counts towards your Centrelink obligations will go a long way to helping people have a living wage. When you company bin that with the Greens a plan to boost Newstart by $50 a week, it would go a long way to actually making sure that artists are able to enjoy a living wage here in Melbourne and to get to the point where you can develop your practice and your art and your creativity hopefully to the point where people are then able to stand on their own two feet and aren't continually torn between having to develop their creativity on the one hand and on the other go and do things just to make ends meet. Having shared a house with a number art yirts I know just how tough it is and what it means come rent day and putting in money for food and the things that people have to do just to pay the bills. We think that it's not enough for a city to just promote the creativity of the city and use it to draw taste tourists here if we don't then support the people who are actually driving that creativity in the first place. That's why we've picked Melbourne to launch in policy and why we're really pleased you have come out and as Christine said, this should be an election issue and we are attempting to put it on the election map. I know a lot of people in Melbourne will be pleased that it's getting some of the attention it deserves.The Greens have been campaigning very hard against cuts to our universities and cuts to TAFE. Particularly in terms of universities one of the first courses that is often cut are the fine arts courses and the music courses. I don't want to see Australian universities under more pressure to cut the opportunities people have in the arts. We every been campaign ing strongly against these cuts. We've been saying we want to increase the funding to universities by 10% per student. We have a package of measures to support TAFE too. If you take the opportunities for training and access to tutors and the rest, you end up with people under pressure take longer to get their courses finished and therefore living in pretty hard circumstances all of the time. I don't want a society when grand mothers when to them I think I'm going to their grandson or daughter says to them I think I'm going to be a artist, to them I think I'm going a artist, they'd a artist, they'd say you chosen a hard life. I want them to be a artist, they'd say you have
chosen a hard to be able to say wow, that's chosen a hard life. I want them fantastic, you will do to be able to say fantastic, you will do very well. Thank you. The focus. well. Thank you. The Election campaign in the
Geelong region well. Thank you. The focus.
Election Geelong region in Victoria is
jobs. Thousands of people an uncertain future with pressure on the manufacturing base. Mary Ramiah is the human face of base. Mary Ramiah is the face of an evolving work force. The mother of two was one of the 262 workers made redundant from Target's head office in June. Mary had always worked in retail. And was suddenly facing an uncertain future. ITV losing that job was horrendous. I couldn't believe that it actually happened. The first thought is oh my God how will I pay for everything? Mary was lucky. Within days, she had a new job with a local organisation helping to retrain and upskill people for a new career direction.There's so many different ways that you can evolve yourself and make changes, you don't have to change yourself as a person, but you know, to move forward, because you don't want to make the definition of your life that you lost a job. Just like Mary the city that grew up on the sheep's back before evolving into a manufacturing hub is transforming again. Ford was once the No. 1 employer in the city. It will cease its manufacturing here iconic Ford factory in 2016. Shell just down the road is looking to sell its Geelong