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Importation of FAKE Aboriginal Arts into Australia

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We as First Australian Artists are campaigning and speaking up for our Rights as legitimate Aboriginal Artists and state that ownership, responsibility and control by us as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of our cultural heritage is paramount. It is a way of economic empowerment for us as artists who are trying to earn money from selling, reselling and reproducing of our works through sale, copyright and resale royalties and being denied a legitimate income because of this FAKE ART as has been campaigned before. We do not want any more 'Grey areas'
We want the Laws changed so that:

  1.  It is ILLEGAL to IMPORT printed/stamped/hand painted Aboriginal art on Aboriginal cultural artifacts (ie didgeridoos, boomerangs, music/clapping sticks, emu callers, bullroarers etc). All cultural artifacts can only be hand painted in Australia by Aboriginal Artists (certified and approved)
  2. It is ILLEGAL to IMPORT hand painted Aboriginal Artworks on canvasses or similar medium. All canvasses of Aboriginal Art can only be hand painted by Aboriginal Artists in Australia and only allowed to be reproduced (printed)) under strict License Agreements.
  3. Wholesalers/distributors of Aboriginal Art to keep certificate of Aboriginality for each Aboriginal Artist along with 1 reference from 1 acknowledged Elder to verify the Aboriginality & authenticity of this Artist and this certification must be supplied to every Retailer to be viewed by Law on request and be self-regulated.


As Aboriginal Artists, we have no issue with the importation of blank timber for boomerangs, music sticks etc which cannot be sourced in Australia but they must only then be hand painted in Australia by legitimate Aboriginal Artists.

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