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Bob McMullan - Howard Responsible For Film Crisis //media/0901/bmmsfilm040901.html Wednesday, 05 September 2001

Howard Responsible For Film Crisis Bob McMullan - Shadow Minister for the Arts

Media Statement - 4 September 2001

While an increase in film funding is always welcome, the Howard Government should not be congratulated for doing something about the film crisis they are 100 per cent responsible for creating, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Bob McMullan said today.

"The Government's Film Industry Package does little more than fill in the funding hole the Howard Government has created over the last five years," Mr McMullan said.

"This is an overdue response to a problem created by five years of neglect for the Australian Film Industry.

"The Government will make much of its announced increase of $92.7 million over five years for film but Australians should remember that over the last five years the Howard Government has ripped at least this much out of the Australia's Film Industry.

"The Howard Government cuts to the Australian Film Industry over the last five years include:

Australian Film Commission - $30 million ● Commercial Television Production Fund - $20 million per year (cut 1998 - 99) ● Film Finance Corporation - more than $10 million. ●

"Further more, on the face of it the package also does nothing to resolve the crisis at the ABC - which is a major crisis for Australian culture.

"I hope this package will re-establish bipartisan support for the Australian film industry undermined by the Howard Government over the last five years," Mr McMullan said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.