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Ruddock should fast-track resale royalty legislation for visual artists.

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PETER GARRETT MP Member for Kingsford Smith Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation and the Arts

26 August 2005

Ruddock should fast-track resale royalty legislation for visual artists

“Recent sales of artworks by indigenous artists for sums many times than their original purchase price again highlights the urgent need for the Howard Government to introduce resale royalty legislation into the Parliament this year”, Labor Spokesman for the Arts, Peter Garrett, said today.

“Whilst a resale royalty scheme should apply to all visual artists, it is particularly important for indigenous artists, given the huge escalation in prices for their works.”

The late Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri painting Emu Corroboree originally sold for $100. Its resale price was $411 750. A Dorothy Napangardi painting sold for $8000 in 1997 and was last year purchased for $129 000.

The Myer Report (2002) recommended the introduction of a resale royalty scheme for visual artists. A resale royalty scheme would and should complement the existing copyright and moral rights legislation.

The Howard Government originally promised to introduce resale royalty legislation before the end of 2003. Labor has consistently supported such a scheme, including introducing a Private Members’ Bill in 2004.

“Submissions for the Government’s Discussion Paper, Proposed Resale Royalty Arrangement, were made well over a year ago. Now, apparently, the Attorney-General will only make an announcement by the end of the year. This delay is unacceptable as

artists and their families are missing out on much needed income.”

“With the imminent sale of indigenous works such as Barramundi Dreaming by Rover Thomas expected to approach $1 million, there is no better time for Minister Ruddock to give artists their due.”


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