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Mark Dreyfus

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Petitioning Mark Dreyfus, Brendan O'Connor, Jason Clare, Michaelia Cash, Creina Chapman, Scott Morrison, Tony Bourke, Paul Fletcher, Michelle Rowland MP, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Brendan O'Connor, Adam...

More Aussie Music

Please sign this petition to support Australian music. Currently, commercial radio and television stations in Australia play an average of less than 10% Australian music, while the internet is completely unregulated. More Australian music in the Australian media is vital to "developing and reflecting a sense of Australian identity, character and cultural diversity", as outlined in the Federal Broadcasting Act. The FTA (Australia US Free Trade Agreement) prevents the Australian government from setting the local quota higher than 25%, however, the FTA does not prevent the Australian Government from setting a minimum quota of 25% Australian compositions, singers, musicians, producers, studios, labels, publishers and distributors. More Australian music in the Australian media will: • revive the local recording industry • revive the live music industry • create stable employment for tens of thousands of musicians • create a booming music export market worth billions of dollars each year • keep music royalties in Australia worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year • increase inbound music tourism worth billions more The Australian Government will reinvigorate the Australian music industry by providing incentives for media to play a minimum 25% Australian music content, calculated hourly, that is composed, performed and produced by Australians in Australia with Australian labels, publishers and distributors, in all genres, in all media, including but not limited to radio, television, movies, theatre, orchestras, internet and live performances. If you feel strongly about Australian music, now is the time to stand up and do something!

John Prior
13,613 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Linda Reynolds, Marise Payne, Senator Penny Wong, Richard Marles, Senator Richard Di Natale, Christian Porter, Mark Dreyfus

Australia will not support a US led war in Iran

Australia should not participate in any United States led military action against Iran. Not only would a military action against Iran be costly, redirecting funds from our vital services, infrastructure and communities here in Australia, it will undoubtedly claim the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen - all for a war that will not make us safer and paint us as a target for stateless terror threats. Current tensions are the direct result of provocations from the Trump administration, whose claims of a nuclear threat from Iran are baseless and run contrary to the routine audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have found Iran compliant with the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka The Iran Nuclear Deal) [1]. The deal (also signed by China, France, Germany & the EU) has been violated by the United States, who have implemented strangling economic sanctions on the nation and ignored recommendations from the United Nations International Court of Justice to cease [2]. Meanwhile, Iran and Australia have a significant two-way trading relationship, worth $A584 million in the last financial year. False narratives have baited Australia into disastrous, illegal wars such as Vietnam and Iraq in the past. Without an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council, any military action against Iran would also be illegal, and orders of magnitude more destructive. This petition demands that our representatives discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the United States in parliament, developing a strategy for de-escalation, and implores that we learn from our past mistakes in blindly supporting the US/Australian alliance at any cost. [1][2] Further reading:

Atlas Just
4,364 supporters
Petitioning Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Mark Dreyfus, Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator Penny Wong

Ms Gladys Liu to answer the Australian people with honesty.

Dear Australians, We are a group of Chinese Australians that stands with the people of Hong Kong and their fight for democracy and human rights. Since June 2019, the Chinese Australians community has written to the Office of Gladys Liu MP on several occasions, requesting her support and position statement standing against the Hong Kong extradition bill, which allows the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to extradite anyone from Hong Kong back to China to face trials and prosecutions. To date, we have not received any supportive response from the Office of Gladys Liu MP, nor have we met her in any of our demonstrations or organised events. We, as part of the Chinese Australians community, would like to express our serious concern about Gladys Liu’s connections with various community and commercial organisations that appear to have close connections with the Chinese Communist Party Regime and its United Front Work. Therefore, we would like to unite our voice to express the following: We have migrated to Australia with a hope to be part of our Australian diverse and inclusive society. However, we are greatly disappointed by our Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison, for his recent comments and playing a “race card” and to hide behind the name of our Chinese-Australian community, in order to avoid explaining how he and his party have ignored the advice from our national security agency regarding Gladys Liu and her affiliations with the Chinese Communist Party Regime and its United Front Work. We are aware of the nature and functionality of the China Overseas Exchange Association, the World Trade United Foundation and the United Chinese Commerce Association of Australia, and we are of a view that Gladys Liu has to answer questions that were/will be put before her by the Australian people and their elected representatives. We are dismayed by the ways that our Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison, relating Gladys Liu to the larger Chinese Australians communities. We are of a position to support our national security agency to conduct a thorough investigation of Ms Gladys Liu, her campaign team, and her affiliations with various community and commercial organisations. Many Chinese-Australians would like to participate in Australian politics and serve this country with great honour, pride and care. We are of a belief that our elected representative must always serve the best interest of the Australian people, and we reject any foreign interferences to divide us and influence Australian politics.

Derek Lo
1,065 supporters
Petitioning Hon Bill Shorten MP, Hon Mark Butler PM, Hon Tanya Pilbersek MP, Hon Tony Burke MP, Hon Chris Bowen MP, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Hon Penny Wong MP, Hon Linda Burney MP, Hon Brendan O'Connor, Hon Ma...


Water and food security is being placed at risk here in Australia because governments continue to industrialise our agricultural land and allow the resources sector to pollute our surface and groundwater.  It is time to demand action not just on climate change, as action to protect our food bowls is also urgently needed.  We need a national food and water security policy.  Fracking gas and CSG projects are the biggest threat to a sustainable Australia because these projects pollute all surrounding water sources, including aquifers, contaminate air quality, soil and compromise the ability of landowners to produce clean food, as does conventional gas on prime agriculture land. With over 50% of prime production land in the NT and 2% in WA equating to a land mass the size of Tasmania, approved for fracking, as well as, CSG projects being approved in Queensland and NSW, along with conventional gas wells being drilled in the middle of prime agricultural land in SA, our national food and water security is being placed at risk.  One shale or tight gas well requires between 15 to 30 million litres of clean water over the life time of the well.  With 100s and 1000s of wells being planned for Australia, we simply don't have that kind of water to spare in the direst inhabited continent on the planet.  Well casing failure leads to water contamination, making water undrinkable and unsuitable for food production.  We simply can't afford this industry our water is too precious because all wells fail eventually.  A gas company in WA contaminated a water source with radiation and the recommended resolution from the gas company, was to feed the contaminated drinking water to livestock.  This is livestock that would have entered our food chain.  In Queensland CSG projects are compromising a farmer's ability to produce clean food for Australians because their water bores have either dried up or have been contaminated by nearby CSG projects. The UN Resolution 64/292....states, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. The United Nations Charter defines democracy as “ a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives” Our request is also supported by the United Nations Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. PART I  Article 1 1.  “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. PART III  Article 21. 3.  “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.

Water Defenders Australian Alliance WDAA
992 supporters
Petitioning Tony Abbott MP, Anthony Albanese MP, Mr John Alexander OAM MP, Dr Anne Aly MP, Karen Andrews MP, Kevin Andrews MP, Adam Bandt MP, Julia Banks MP, Sharon bird mp, Julie Bishop MP, Chris Bowen MP, An...

The hiring of specialist trained Gender Surgeons in each Australian State and Territory

To the honourable members of the Australian Parliament,  I, Elizabeth Kazon, an Intersex Transgender Female, and my fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies and supporters, call upon you to without delay hire surgeons within the Medicare public health system to perform sex reassignment surgeries, thus making these certified Life Saving Surgeries, affordable for all Transgender and Intersex Australians. Within Australia, Medicare pays a rebate for some Male to Female Sex Reassignment Surgeries and some Female to Male Sex Reassignment Surgeries, however as there isn’t the possibility to have these surgeries performed in the public health system, private surgeons have a virtual monopoly, making these necessary surgeries unaffordable for a majority of Transgender and Intersex individuals. Furthermore, advancements are being made in these surgeries, however there is no opportunity for the private surgeons to learn and use these new techniques as they are constantly backlogged with patients who have no alternatives. The approximate cost in Australia to have a Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty is $18’000 excluding aftercare, fights and accommodation. A new surgery, the Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty has been pioneered and is being performed oversees for approximately $20’000-$40’000 USD. This cost is relatively affordable when compared to the $100’000+ payable to have Phalloplasty performed in Australia. These prices are unaffordable, and it should be offered within the public system. In addition, it is with great conviction that we also believe that breast enhancement, breast reduction, Buttocks enhancement and buttocks reduction should also be performed for those holding a valid Intersex or Transgender Diagnosis as such procedures have been proven to greatly improve Transgender and Intersex individuals’ mental health.  We the undersigned call upon you, the Australian Parliament, to without delay, put pressure on the individual states and territories to hire and train 1 specialist surgeon per capital city in Australia plus at least 4 specialist nurses to assist them. These surgeons collectively should be proficient in the following new and older techniques to meet the needs of the Transgender and Intersex Individuals of Australia: ·         Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty, ·         Sigmoid Colon Vaginoplasty, ·         Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty, ·         Facial Feminization Surgery, ·         Voice Feminization Surgery, ·         Tracheal Shave, ·         Breast and Buttock Augmentation, ·         Mastectomy, ·         Hysterectomy, ·         Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, ·         Metoidplasty, ·         Phalloplasty. Yours with hope, 

807 supporters
Petitioning International Cricket Council., Council of the European Union, European Commission, Mark Dreyfus QC MP, BBC, Hillary Clinton, Boris Johnson MP, Boyko Borisov, Martin Schulz (SPD), European Parliame...

Investigate finances/income/salaries Bulgarian Cricket. 15 yrs aid fm ICC 1 BCF field?

Cricket is my passion. I became involved last August hoping to help with development. I discovered that despite being formed 15 years ago the Bulgarian Cricket Federation has made very little progress in developing the sport, indeed they seem to have held back the development with covert racism and sexual misconduct. Fifteen years of aid from the International Cricket Council and little to show.  There is one privately owned cricket ground being developed in Central Bulgaria, the BCF have stated they do not have a budget for ground development. The National Sports Academy in Sofia has an artificial cricket pitch. That was until two years ago used by 5 clubs in Sofia. Those clubs were suspended by the BCF following a vote of no confidence in the BCF Chairman. Democracy at work? An Asian coach, once employed by the BCF, his contract terminated with no reason supplied started a club for disabled children. He even took them to Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket, to attend a Disabled Children's Cricket Tournament.  Shortly afterwards the BCF demanded money. He could not afford it and so he had no choice but to close this facility. The Chairman of the BCF whilst employed as a sports lecturer at the NSA was caught by a TV film crew in a hotel room to which he had invited a student. He told the girl he could help her pass her exams if she paid him or gave him sex.  This appeared on BG TV. He was sacked by the BCF but remained as head of BCF. I could continue however it would make this explanation tediously long!

DEREK Stocker
596 supporters
Petitioning Hon George Brandis

End the Abuse and Suffering of Campbell Irwin

In July 2016, my husband Campbell Irwin "Cam" an Australian citizen, flew from Dubai to Adelaide, Australia on a 4-day visit. Late evening on 25th July 2016 his return flight EK441 bound for Dubai "subsequently developed technical problems" and did not depart. It had been intentionally stayed by Australian authorities in order for paperwork to be rushed through the next day to the AFP without an Affidavit using “special state related powers”. When boarding the next night, he was pulled out of the security line and detained. Cam has been falsely imprisoned in Australia ever since, now for 11 months.  As a non-resident of Australia he has no access to any Government support, Legal aid, Medical, Housing or Centrelink with less resources than a Manus Island refugee.  Only a suitcase with 4 days of clothes.   He's now sleeping in a garage on the concrete floor in winter after weeks sleeping on the streets. In April 2017 after coughing up blood, a 3-5cm shadow was found in his lung. That remains unresolved and if it is a malignancy, delays in further testing could prevent curative treatment and all the parties have been made aware of this since April. Cam is being treated like an animal and it is a form of torture. Days are spent searching for food handouts and trying to keep warm, a repetitive and soulless existence. This disgusting treatment demonstrates the ruthless acts that people who are liable are prepared to inflict upon a helpless citizen. They will stop at nothing to protect their personal and business interests when they have made "mistakes" and don't want to face the consequences.   This perversion of justice is for political, legal and familial expediency and also to cover up the maladministration of justice in one of the primary divisions of the South Australian sovereignty.  It's a grotesque political horror story with a depth of wickedness that you would only expect to see in a Hollywood Reality Thriller.  Sadly it's very, very real and happening in South Australia. Cam hasn't committed any crime or been charged with any offense, but he is not allowed to leave Australia and return to his country of residence, UAE. He's an innocent party who has been made a Scapegoat for the "mistakes" of others, including his brother and any party who condones, enables or supports this atrocity should be held to account.  Some individuals appear to be above the law as the law is certainly not being applied equally. Cam cannot apply to the Court as there is no access to money for fees or for a lawyer and no access to Legal Aid, not being a resident of Australia.  His absolute civil right to defend himself, and the right to a fair trial, has been denied to him and in a very real sense he's been stripped of his rights of Australian citizenship. Citizenship is a cornerstone of democracy and yet this awful situation exposes what can happen to an individual’s rights when they conflict with strategic needs. This ongoing and intentionally inflicted distress is to "coerce" him to perjure himself on a document that will absolve others of their malfeasance and assist others in defrauding Cam of his legal and rightful entitlements. If he signs he can leave, if not he remains homeless and in limbo. Cam's plight reveals the ruthless use of organs-of-State in South Australia, to achieve nefarious ends, and demonstrates the Government's complicity in this outrage. This sanctioned abuse is to cover up the "mistakes" of friends of the Government and earlier "favors" bestowed and Cam is simply collateral damage. This unconscionable conduct by a number of parties is to suit personal agendas and Cam is expendable. In a further act of abject cruelty, our beloved pets are stranded in Dubai, innocent victims of this treachery.  Cam's company in UAE (in partnership with me) has recently ceased through non attendance, and the rug has literally been pulled out from under our lives.  Worse, because Cam hasn't been allowed to return to Dubai for 11 months, we're now listed as absconding there, which is a serious matter. The Australian Government has made both of us criminals in another country in order to help out other more "important" people and this gross injustice in a first world democracy occurs when "friends" of the State and Federal Government are heavily invested in the outcome. I urge the media to not fail in it's duty to fulfill its roll as the watchdog of democracy and all evidence is available on request.    Please refer to the Letter to Malcolm Turnbull, (the link is below) for the background. Please help end Cam's suffering and demand the intervention by the Prime Minister in this disgraceful travesty of justice by signing this petition. Thank you.  

Fiona Irwin
377 supporters
Petitioning Christian Porter, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Mark Dreyfus, Kristina Keneally, Mark McGowan, Francis Michael Logan, John Quigley, John Barilaro, Trish Doyle, David Elliott, Jodi...

Deliberately starting bushfires should be classified as a terrorist act

With the amount of bushfires our country faces each year, and the number that are deliberately lit, we feel that these acts should be treated with the severity they deserve.  Just as a terrorist attack does, these cowardly attacks do the following: 1. Incite fear in large populations. 2. Cause death and destruction. 3. Threatens the population (not limited to humans, think of livestock, native fauna and beloved pets). Whilst not exactly defined as terrorism in the traditional senses, these acts cause such devastation, that we feel that the penalties and resources invested in finding and prosecuting these low lifes, should be on par with extremist groups. ‘While each definition is a bit different, they do have constant themes. These themes include involving premeditation terrorist acts which are motivated by some political or social agenda, terrorists generally target non-combatants or civilians and are generally sub-national or clandestine groups. The configuration of terrorist groups is generally dependent on one's environment, relationship with the state, motivation and/or goals.’ preparing this petition, we have referenced the below article, and acknowledge that the only obvious difference between an Act of Terror, and Bushfire Arson, is the lack of religious or political motivation. With the stakes so high, and every criminals motivation being their own, we fail to see how the political, religious or ideological motivations differ from that of an arsonist. The attribution of electronic or cyber attacks seems to be a moot point in this instance. Quotes from the article above: Definition of terrorism in Australian law5.5 Terrorism in Commonwealth law is defined as an act or threat that is intended to: advance a political, ideological or religious cause; andcoerce or intimidate an Australian or foreign government or the public (or section of the public ), including foreign public.The conduct falls within the definition if it:causes serious physical harm to a person or serious damage to property;causes death or endangers a persons life;creates a serious risk to the health and safety to the public (or section of the public), orseriously interferes, disrupts or destroys:an electronic information, telecommunications or financial system; or an electronic system used for the delivery of essential government services, used for or by an essential public utility, or transport system. /End Quote. The Australian Public are sick of watching with despair. Whilst we do not expect to fix this issue overnight, we hope that this will make would be arsonists think twice. Even if the terms terrorism or act of terror are not used, we ask for similar judicial treatment and consideration as such an offence. Thank you for your time.  

Ian Wall
280 supporters
Art changes lives. Show your support and stand up for Australian arts!

Labor believes the arts are central to our lives as Australians. They define who we are as a modern, innovative, confident and outward-looking society. The arts are how we express ourselves, how we explain ourselves, and how we understand ourselves as Australians. When we tell our stories through the arts, we are creating a chronicle that transmits a shared sense of the Australian self through generations. Our continent is the home of the longest continuous arts and culture makers on Earth - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. A lively arts sector is also important to our economy. Supporting our creative industries generates jobs and helps keep talented Australians here at home. The visual arts, film, music, theatre and dance all contribute to economic activity across Australia’s cities and regions at the same time as providing entertainment, delight and meaning in our lives. Australia’s arts sector has struggled under the Abbott-Turnbull Government. From huge cuts to the Australia Council to the steady strangling of national cultural institutions and the messy upheaval caused by George Brandis’ disgraceful intervention in well-established funding programs, the past few years have been tough. The Abbott-Turnbull Government’s savage cuts to the ABC have added salt to the wound. Traditionally, Australian stories have been safeguarded by Australian content quotas on commercial broadcasters and funding to the ABC. The increased acquisition and availability of foreign small-screen content has seen the dilution of unique Australian stories and voices. A Shorten Labor Government will undo the damage and restore Australia’s arts sector to its rightful place at the centre of our cultural life. We have a comprehensive plan for the arts that will see this sector thrive and grow again, reaching out to enrich the lives of all Australians. Labor will renew the Federal Government’s commitment to the arts and the cultural life of this nation. Our plan to grow Australia’s creative industries for a more creative and prosperous country is outlined below. 1. Restore the standing of the Australia Council for the Arts The Australia Council has been the pre-eminent body for the arts in Australia for almost 50 years. It provides an independent, peer-reviewed approach to arts funding which protects artistic freedom and expression by working at arms-length from government. Labor endorses the Australia Council’s strategic plan for Australia to be a ‘culturally ambitious nation’. The Abbott-Turnbull Government damaged the Australia Council’s standing by ripping over $100 million from its funding to establish a personal slush fund for George Brandis as then Arts Minister through a so-called ‘National Program for Excellence in the Arts.’ The program was so unpopular that it was rebadged as the Catalyst fund under replacement Minister Mitch Fifield, but the fundamental problems remain. Funding delivered through Catalyst is not transparent or independent – as evidenced by the Turnbull Government’s decision to announce a flurry of grants, some in breach of the program’s own guidelines, just two days before the federal election was called in May. A Shorten Labor Government will close the Catalyst fund and return all remaining money – $32 million over the next four years – to the Australia Council. We will also boost the Australia Council by providing $20 million a year in new funding over four years from 2017. This new funding will restore vital support and stability to small and medium arts organisations across the country. Community-based arts organisations which make music, theatre, dance and the visual arts accessible to all Australians have suffered repeated cuts under the Abbott-Turnbull Government, forcing many to close. The entire arts community will also benefit from putting an organisation that is independent of government back at the centre of funding for our creative industries. This returned and additional funding will see the Australia Council better fulfil its purpose of supporting and championing Australian arts and culture – both at home and overseas. 2. Grow regional arts Australians in regional and remote communities should have just as much opportunity to connect with our shared culture through the arts as people living in big cities. What’s more, the stories of our country towns and regional centres are stories all Australians should hear. Since 2001, the Regional Arts Fund has supported arts and cultural development projects in regional Australia. It supports sustainable cultural development through ongoing artistic initiatives rather than ‘one-off’ events, and increases employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists. The Fund also has a particular focus on artistic skills development among disadvantaged communities, including young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote townships. The Fund operates on a four-year agreement between the Ministry for the Arts and Regional Arts Australia. It generates far-reaching benefits for the size of its investments – over the last four years $9.3 million worth of successful applications leveraged a further $17 million in additional financial support from business, State and local funding sources. In recognition of the cultural and economic benefits of the arts to regional Australia, Labor will increase the Regional Arts Fund by $8 million over four years from 2017, on top of its current funding level. The existing grants system would continue to be used, so there will be no significant increases in administration costs and so these additional resources will reach projects on the ground in our regional communities. This will almost double the size of the Regional Arts Fund, reflecting Labor’s commitment to ensuring all Australians can create, participate in and enjoy the arts. 3. Strengthen live music Australia is the sixth-largest music market in the world and has the potential to become a significant global exporter of contemporary music. The talent of contemporary Australian musicians should be shared with the world. A Shorten Labor Government will strengthen Australia’s contemporary live music industry by bringing the Live Music Office and the Australian Music Centre under the umbrella of an expanded Sounds Australia to deliver export, domestic and content management strategies. Sounds Australia is Australia’s music export market development initiative – fast-tracking Australian music success globally. This new structure will leverage and expand its success to support the development of Australia’s live music export industry. It will also formalise a four-year industry and government investment partnership to strengthen one of our greatest creative industries. Artists like Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, Sheppard and Gossling have already benefited from the exposure to new markets and international performance opportunities fostered by Sounds Australia. The expanded Sounds Australia will develop and strengthen three key areas: · Export: Expand the operation of Sounds Australia to include the export of all music genres to key and emerging international markets. · Domestic: Expand the remit of the Live Music Office to include all genres and venue types. · Content Management: Use the Australian Music Centre content management system to aggregate and promote Australian artists and music content. Labor will commit $1.8 million a year over four years to support the expanded Sounds Australia. This will operate as a public-private investment partnership between government and the music sector. Through this partnership the music industry will provide an additional annual investment of $500,000 a year. This initiative will grow job opportunities including for artists, their managers and a range of affiliated professionals such as digital content managers and promotion and production workers. A greater number and genre of artists will benefit from the expanded services and markets provided by Sounds Australia, enabling them to gain exposure to wider audiences and markets both domestically and internationally. 4. Boost music in schools Supporting Australia’s creative industries starts in the classroom. But in the Music to Our Ears report, Music Australia and the Caledonia Foundation found that 63 per cent of Australian primary schools offer no classroom music instruction. Only in Queensland and Tasmania is music a part of the primary school curriculum in government schools, and taught by specialist music teachers. That is why a Shorten Labor Government will provide $2 million a year to expand successful school music programs such as Music: Count Us In, Musica Viva in Schools and The Song Room. We will also invest $350,000 a year to continue the SongMakers program beyond 2017. SongMakers is an intensive program which sees Australia’s best songwriters and producers mentor students to create and record new music in the classroom. The program is designed to fast-track secondary students’ understanding of the opportunities in today’s contemporary music world and set them up for success. Through mentorship, SongMakers gives students real-world skills in composing, collaborating, arranging, writing lyrics, and using the latest available technologies to create and distribute new songs. It promotes student engagement by linking students’ in-school and out-of-school interests and experiences, and gives them the opportunity to work with some of the most successful Australian songwriters and producers in the business. All resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Labor believes the benefits of musical education should be available to all Australian students. Our initiatives will support more schools in introducing children to the arts through the joy of music. 5. Invest in local drama A Shorten Labor Government will invest in local production so that Australian audiences can grow up watching Australian stories on Australian screens. The increased acquisition of foreign small-screen content has seen the dilution of unique Australian stories and voices. Traditionally, Australian stories have been safeguarded by Australian content quotas on commercial broadcasters (becoming less effective as audiences move online) and supplementary funding to the ABC. Investment in Australian drama makes sense. It fosters local creative skills development for Australian writers, producers and actors and will help to invigorate the local industry. It also provides a boost to the local economy. For example, the ABC’s Anzac Girls series, produced in South Australia, employed over 1,500 Australians (87 crew, 130 cast and 1,300 extras) with a total expenditure of $5.5 million. A Shorten Labor Government will invest $60 million over three years in the ABC to produce local drama. This investment will allow the ABC to deliver 30 hours of family drama programming each year, comprising 30 episodes of 1 hour each or 60 half-hour episodes. With this funding boost, the ABC could commission a long-running, quality local drama which provides an opportunity for Australian stories to take a permanent, prime-time place in the ABC’s schedule and provide for advertisement-free family viewing in a market that is increasingly being dominated by international content. 6. Carefully consult on copyright The Australian book publishing industry is competitive and highly innovative. It has not only survived digital disruption, but has embraced it to become the 14th largest publishing industry in the world. Producing more than 7,000 titles annually, this industry generates $2 billion in revenue and directly employs more than 4,000 people. The Australian publishing industry has thrived despite the advent of online shopping which demonstrates the industry’s resilience in the face of global competition, and that it provides consumers with locally produced products they are willing to buy. Labor understands that the value of the Australian publishing industry goes beyond its economic benefits. A strong local publishing industry also fosters emerging Australian authors, often giving them their first publications and the chance to enrich our culture by telling Australian stories to ourselves and to the world. Labor will consider any proposals or recommendations to adjust the current territorial copyright regime with caution. While there are economic arguments to be made in support of this, such a significant change to our copyright laws could have a serious impact on our publishing industry, our authors and Australia’s cultural life. Labor understands the importance of the Australian publishing industry – both in cultural and economic terms. We have heard the serious concerns expressed by our publishers and authors about the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s intentions on territorial copyright, and we take those concerns very seriously. A Shorten Labor Government would consult extensively and openly before reaching any decision on copyright changes which would have a significant impact on one of our most important creative industries. 7. Supporting Community Radio In addition to the six-point plan outlined above, Labor believes that community radio provides a vitally important independent voice and is an essential service in our cities and in rural and regional Australia. It also provides special services for Indigenous, print handicapped, ethnic and religious communities. Five million people tune in to more than 440 not-for-profit, community-owned and run radio services operating across the country each week. Despite professing to support community digital radio, in his first budget as Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull cut $5.6 million from community digital radio services. A Shorten Labor Government will restore $5.6 million over the forward estimates ($1.4 per annum) in much-needed funding to community radio. The funding is for digital platform and infrastructure costs including data connectivity, linking, multiplexing and transmission. This will ensure the continued delivery of community digital radio services in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 8. Restoration of Trove Our cultural institutions are the keepers of Australia’s national memory. Labor believes our stories and history are too important to be lost to anonymity. That is why a Shorten Labor Government will restore Trove, a unique and important online repository that has been gutted by the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cuts to national institutions. Labor’s will invest $12 million over four years in Trove. Trove is an initiative of the National Library of Australia, and provides online access to collections of books, photographs, newspapers, maps and historical documents. It is one of the largest digital cultural collections in the world. Trove was established by the National Library in 2010, and was funded from the Library’s own resources. The representatives of Australia’s museums, archives, libraries, galleries, historical societies and research bodies have recognised Trove as an essential piece of national research infrastructure. Trove’s future is under threat because the Abbott-Turnbull Government cut $6 million from the National Library of Australia as part of the $37 million it ripped from our cultural institutions in 2015. Without the resources to continually update and maintain Trove as a database, it will become increasingly obsolete and irrelevant as time goes on, before ultimately withering away. The loss of an innovative resource such as Trove works against Australia’s transition to a knowledge based economy. Trove has some 471 million items and more than 20 million unique users every year. Museums, archives, libraries, galleries, historical societies and research bodies across Australia will benefit from this measure. Labor’s record Labor is the party of the arts. From Gough Whitlam’s establishment of the Australia Council to the Gillard Government’s wide-ranging Creative Australia policy, we have valued and elevated the contribution of the arts to Australia’s social, cultural and economic life. This is the approach we will continue to take under a Shorten Labor Government. Importantly too, we are committed to consulting widely with the arts community and delivering sound, inclusive policies and programs. We will rebuild the trust and collaboration that has been destroyed by the Abbott-Turnbull Government and set Australia’s creative industries back on track for a stronger future.

4 years ago
Stop Cuts to National Library of Australia & Save Trove

To the more than 10,000 people who have signed the petition to fund Trove – we have listened. A Shorten Labor Government will reverse the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cruel cuts to Trove, allowing the National Library to continue providing its unique online collection of Australian culture and history for current and future generations. Trove is an initiative of the National Library of Australia, and provides online access to collections of books, photographs, newspapers, maps and historical documents. It is one of the largest digital cultural collections in the world, used by everyone from academics, to schoolteachers, to historians. Trove is essential national research infrastructure. It has some 471 million items available for free access, and has more than 20 million unique users every year. Museums, libraries, galleries, archives, historical societies and research bodies all across Australia access it every day. The Abbott-Turnbull Government has stripped $37 million from our national institutions, including the National Library, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the National Archives of Australia. As a result of the nearly $6 million cut from the National Library, it has no longer been able to provide staffing to add new content to Trove. Failure to support and invest in this national resource is a poor decision in the digital world of the twenty-first century. The destruction of an innovative resource like Trove works against Australia’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. Now is the time to ask the Government – will they follow Labor’s lead and return funding to Trove? Or will they let July 2 go by without saying a single word on the subject? Labor cares about our national institutions and the maintenance of Trove as a living information resource. We will deliver $3 million a year over four years so it can resume adding new content to Trove and keep building on its success. The destruction of Trove is yet another area where Prime Minister Turnbull says one thing and does another. He says he supports Australian arts and culture, and encourages innovation and creativity. Yet he is happy to destroy a precious information resource. Labor is the party of arts and culture and we will stand up to protect Trove. If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will restore the arts and creative industries to their rightful place in Australia’s cultural and economic life. Our plan for a more creative Australia includes: Restoring the standing of the Australia Council for the Arts by providing new funding from 2017, closing the Turnbull Government’s ministerial slush fund called Catalyst and returning all remaining money to the independent Australia Council. Supporting local drama production by the ABC. New funding for local drama will foster creative skills development for Australian writers, producers and actors and will help to reinvigorate the local screen industry. Increasing the Regional Arts Fund over four years, increasing employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists. Investing in Australia’s contemporary live music industry by bringing the Live Music Office and the Australian Music Centre under the umbrella of an expanded Sounds Australia to support the development of Australia’s live music export industry. For more information on Labor’s plans to properly fund Trove, visit:

4 years ago