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New Report: TV Casting Discriminatory


A new report into the casting of television drama productions such as Water Rats, Blue Heelers and All Saints concludes that racial discrimination in the casting process persists.

A new report into the casting of television drama productions such as Water Rats, Blue Heelers and All Saints concludes that racial discrimination in the casting process persists.

A new report into the casting of television drama productions such as Water Rats, Blue Heelers and All Saints concludes that racial discrimination in the casting process persists.

The report, the result of a survey of all actors working in Australian television drama productions in 1999, has found that there were no Asian actors or first generation migrants cast in sustaining roles.

Simon Whipp, National Director of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance said, "It is appalling that in the 21st Century our television screens still do not reflect Australian society."

"How a performer looks or sounds, rather than their skill, continues to prevent them obtaining work."

On a positive note overall casting of non-anglo performers was up significantly to 23%.

The last survey on the issue conducted in 1992 found only 2% of all roles were cast with non-anglo performers. The representation of indigenous Australians was also up.

"This is a positive sign. While the improvement is applauded we were starting from a low base. In 1992 no roles were cast with indigenous performers" said Whipp.

"This report highlights that further work is needed with a co-operative approach between the networks, the producers and the Alliance. This is what we will be trying to achieve" said Whipp.


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*  Interview: War Stories from the Shakey Isles
After being flat-earthed, New Zealand unions are making a comeback under a new progressive government. Darien Fenton is at the forefront of the resurgence.
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*  Unions: Laying It On the Line
A complex international legal web underpins a long-running South Coast picket.
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*  International: Alive and Kicking
Those representing right wing political forces and strategists for multi-national corporations would be disappointed by the success of the recently concluded Congress of the WFTU in Delhi.
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*  Economics: Fair Trade not Free Trade
The successful MAI and Seattle campaigns have sparked a new debate about the role of the World Trade Organization.
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*  History: The Manchester Movement
Manchester, in Asa Briggs memorable phrase, was the shock city of the early nineteenth century, a small and obscure market town that in a matter of a few years had become a huge city.
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*  Satire: Passing the Buck
Government report tells bosses how to lie and pass the buck: Reith blames Kemp
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*  Review: A Book to Set the Left Right
The Australian Finacial Review's Stephen Long gives his verdict on 'Tales from the new Shop Floor'.
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