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Red alert for new media industry.

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Senator Kate Lundy

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Minister for the Arts, Sport, and Information Technology


Red alert for new media industry

Trade Minister Mark Vaile made it clear this morning that he is willing to put the future of Australia’s cultural industries in the hands of the United States through the AUSFTA.

The concessions flagged by the Howard Government regarding new media and new types of digital media represent the surrendering of future Australian local content rules.

We know that new media and local content provisions are still on the discussion table and that this can only mean that the Howard Government is prepared to abandon the Australian television and film industry and cultural sector.

This is an outrageous stance by Minister Vaile and proves that the arts and cultural sector are right to be fearful about their future.

Labor has consistently argued that anything short of a complete exclusion clause for cultural goods and services in the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, consistent with the exclusion clause contained within the Australia-Singapore FTA, is unacceptable.

24 October 2003 Media contact: Adina Cirson - (02) 6277 3334 or 0418 488 295