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Emergency cash for AMRAP welcome but Australian musicians and community broadcasters deserve certainty.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam welcomed today's announcement that the Australian Music Radio Airplay project would receive $250,000 from the Federal Government, but urged a long-term commitment to the programme.

"The Federal Government must recommit to AMRAP's $600,000 annual budget to keep the project alive. By the Minister's own admission, this $250,000 will only keep the project operating for six months.

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Cabinet should back Crean and Greens on film support

The strongest statement yet from Arts Minister, Simon Crean, that he supports lifting the location tax offset to 30% for all films, not just Wolverine, is a sign to the industry and its supporters to campaign even harder for this important move, the Australian Greens said today.

"I had the great pleasure and privilege of a tour around the Wolverine set last week after years of raising the need to lift the location tax offset, and saw first hand the high-skilled jobs in this industry," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Newman's actions of a philistine

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's cancellation of the Premier's Literary Prize is another example of taking the state backwards in search of a quick buck, the Australian Greens said today.

"The great reputation Queensland has built in the arts, with its excellent galleries, orchestra and literature prize, is a vital part of what has made the state vibrant and innovative," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

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Live Australian music needs support across government

On the first national SLAM Day, the Australian Greens joined the Save Live Australian Music campaign in its call for a well-thought-out whole of government approach to supporting the live music industry, which brings so much joy to so many Australians, and creates significant economic activity.

"Who among us doesn't love seeing great Australian bands live, and sharing the pride in their achievements around the world?" Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 6:30PM - Public Forum: WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don’t shoot the messenger

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will speak at a public forum in Sydney tomorrow evening presented by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and supported by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

The aggressive response of governments and corporations to the work of publishing organisation WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the future of the internet, government and corporate accountability, and freedom of speech.

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Restricting access to Australian culture to save a few dollars

Australians have less access to our important cultural institutions thanks to the Gillard Government's Efficiency Dividend.

In Senate Estimates hearings last night, the National Gallery, National Library, National Film and Sound Archive and National Museum each detailed significant cuts in jobs and services they had undertaken in order to meet the 1.5% efficiency dividend.

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Fifteen languages on ice at SBS prove the need for new funding

The Australian Greens renewed their call for greater funding of SBS after it was revealed services in fifteen languages had been temporarily suspended by the broadcaster during the summer break.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Government needs to substantially increase funding in the 2012-13 budget, and decrease the broadcaster's dependence on declining advertising revenues.

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