||Issue No. 181||06 June 2003|
History: Nest of Traitors
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Unions: National Focus
Safety: The Shocking Truth
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
History: Working Bees
Education: The Big Picture
International: Static Labour
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Poetry: The Minimale
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
Allianz Claims on Sick and Dying
Back Pay Bill From Behind the Bars
Stabbings Ground Job Cuts Ė For Now
Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire
Sacked Workersí Ultimate Insult
Electrolux Repays Survival With Bastardry
Nurses: Bosses Should Foot Bank Fees
Rail Workers Telegraph Press Council Track
Call Centre Leak Shames Stellar
The Locker Room
Response to Gould
Aged Policy Looks Hairy
God Save Billy Deane
More Bad Language
Labor Council of NSW
Gloves Off for Local Voices
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is warning that the US-Australia free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Trade in Services would both threaten local entertainment and arts.
Currently federal legislation mandates a quota of Australian-produced content on television, with federal funds supporting its production.
If these were ruled out by a Free Trade agreement it would spell the end of locally produced drama, comedy and children's television MEAA NSW secretary Jonathon Mill told the Labor Council.
Mill said the United States was the only country in the world that could produce television content without some form of regulation or subsidy.
The Labor Council has given its full backing to the Alliance campaign, with affiliates agreeing to distribute details through workplace delegates.
"We need locally produced drama to tell our stories, define our place in the world," Mill says. "If we allow our culture to be traded away we are destroying something basic in our society."
Mill says one of the difficulties in understanding the threat to Australian culture is that the talks are being held in secret. What is for certain though, is that once a deal is struck all future governments will be bound.
The Alliance is also calling on the Howard Government join 53 other countries including the UK, Canada, new Zealand and France to join the International Network on Cultural Policy, which is developing a charter to protect cultural diversity in the face of the free trade push.
The MEAA is convening workshops around the nation to support their 'Free to be Australian' campaign. Full details at their special campaign website: http://www.alliance.org.au/free2baustralian
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