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PC report into copyright changes must not be the trojan horse for further attacks on Australian arts

Sarah Hanson-Young 20 Dec 2016

Proposed changes to copyright laws in Australia do nothing to protect artists and devalue their contribution to our society, The Australian Greens say.

"The Productivity Commission's report is more about a establishing a protection racket for the big multi-national corporations like Google, than a genuine response to audience needs or investing in Australian jobs or industry," Greens Arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens launch arts plan - reverses Coalition cuts, helps artists make a living

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2016

Today Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Wentworth Dejay Toborek launched the Greens arts policy initiative for NSW at the historic Bondi Pavilion. They were joined by Peter O'Doherty, musician with Australian band Dog Trumpet who is supporting the Greens initiative.

"The Greens have a plan not only to reverse the Coalition's deep cuts to the arts sector, but to invest a further $270.2 million over the next four years," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens release plan to help artists make a living

Adam Bandt 8 Jun 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today released the Greens' plan to support artists to make a living and save for their retirement ahead of the National Arts Debate at the Wheeler Centre.

"Artists entertain, challenge and inspire us and are at the core of our cultural life, yet many artists can struggle to make a living," Mr Bandt said.

"Working as an artist often means working in casual or insecure work, making it difficult for artists to save or plan for their retirement."

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Greens release plan to revive Australian arts

Adam Bandt 30 May 2016

The Australian Greens today launched the first part of their arts policy, which will reverse the Liberals’ attacks on the arts by restoring their funding cuts and invest an additional $270.2 million into the Australian arts sector. The Greens will commit to disbanding the controversial Catalyst fund run by the Ministry for the Arts and restoring the full funding the Liberal government cut from the Australia Council of the Arts. In addition, the Greens will double the amount of funding for the council’s Grants and Initiatives for small to medium arts organisations and individual artists.

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Greens will reverse cuts to Australia Council & the arts

Adam Bandt 13 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will reverse the Liberals’ devastating cuts to the Australia Council following reports that up to 50 previously funded organisations have lost funding, including in the electorate of Melbourne.

“This is a tough week in a grim year for artists and people working in the arts right across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Government arts funding decision ‘disturbing’: Greens

Adam Bandt 9 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said it was disturbing that the government has allocated almost half of the four year Catalyst funding in its first year after news broke that the government has announced millions of dollars in further grants ahead of the caretaker period.

“It is disturbing that on the eve of the election the government has spent almost half of Catalyst’s four year funding in its very first year,” Mr Bandt said.

“This is why arts funding should be kept at arm’s length from ministers, especially in election years.”

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Budget closes curtains on opportunity to restore Australian Arts: Greens

Adam Bandt 4 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison closed the curtains on the opportunity to restore funding, independence and stability to the Australian arts sector in their Budget released last night.

“Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have given an encore to former Arts Minister George Brandis’ attacks on the arts,” Mr Bandt said.

“In this Budget the government had the opportunity to end 12 months of uncertainty across the arts sector with very little impact on the Budget bottom line.”

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Australia Council Operational Funding Program Investment

Scott Ludlam 7 Feb 2016

Senator LUDLAM: We still net them out? Thank you. That was then, this is now. You have had to revise everything back to a four-year operational funding program. How much are you now looking to invest?

Mr Grybowski: Again, the round figure is $27 million less in that funding envelope.

Senator LUDLAM: So from $50 million, we are down to $23 million, roughly?

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Funding Support for the Australia Council

Scott Ludlam 15 Dec 2015

Senator LUDLAM: Do you have a sense of the additional money that those companies are then able to generate throughout that investment? For every dollar of taxpayers' funding that goes to the small and medium sector, how much-

Mr Grybowski: I will take that question on notice. We obviously gather that data in terms of their other leveraged funding and the income of the government funding et cetera. I will get back to you with the specific figure.

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