Greens launch plan to support local screen industry

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today announced the Greens’ plan to support the local film and television industry, including restoring the Coalition's funding cuts to the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia and increasing tax breaks for locally produced content.

"Our local storytellers and filmmakers hold a mirror up to our society, helping us to understand, reflect and grow," Mr Bandt said.

"It is vital that home-grown stories continue to be told here in Australia and shared with the world."

“Government can play an integral role in supporting our local screen industry, yet the Coalition has ripped $40 million out of Screen Australia, the very agency charged with supporting screen development, production and promotion."

"Without proper investment in our local screen industry, we’re at risk of our losing our best creators and technicians as they head overseas to make a living or advance their career."

"The Greens will support the Australian screen industry by restoring the funding the Coalition cut from Screen Australia, the ABC and SBS."

"To continue our long history of creating quality Australian-made television programmes, the Greens will double the Producer Tax Offset from 20 to 40 per cent."

"The Greens will also encourage international films to be made in Australia by increasing the Location Tax Offset tax breaks from 16.5 per cent to an internationally competitive 30 per cent."

"Fostering a thriving local screen industry and arts sector more broadly should be a priority of any government."

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