SUPPORTING OUR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

We recognise the creative industries as key to the future prosperity in this country and aim to support them and Australian creativity in general as much as we can.

 

Expanding the R&D Tax Incentive

The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive should be expanded to include artistic and creative practice and activity.

The current Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D. The program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is a broad-based entitlement program. This means that it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

We want the R&D Tax Incentive expanded to include artistic and creative practice and activity, across all areas of the arts and creative industries, that are creating new works, exploring innovative new approaches and new ways to connect with and build Australian audience engagement. It means expanding R&D into our community-building, creative and cultural lives. This has positive ramifications for virtually all our creative industries and performing arts. Specific guidelines would need to be developed to validate works and projects that fulfill the above criteria, however it offers transformational opportunity to the arts and creative sectors.

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Supporting The Film & TV Industry

The screen industry is of critical importance to Australia. It is a crucible of creativity for some of our most gifted artists, actors and technicians. It creates new and valuable intellectual property, through films, television shows and digital works that are lauded around the world. And for many Australians, television and film are the primary platforms on which they experience their cultural life. 

  • We want greater support for the Australian Producer Offset and expansion of its use to include all areas of the Screen Industry (Film, Television, Games Development, Platform Independant Digital / Online Endeavours etc.)

  • We want ongoing commitment to funding the production and maintenance of children’s programs across all platforms.

  • We want increased legal protection of Australian Intellectual Property Protection of the cultural sectors from the scope of free trade negotiations.

  • We will continue to support the Location and PDV Offsets in attracting international productions.

  • We propose the creation of a 'Screen Breakers' low budget film fund, seeded with $10million each year and managed by Screen Australia - a fund that would invest a maximum of $150,000 in each project it supports, chosen through a crowdfunding mechanism, voted on by the Australian people. 66 new Australian feature productions each year! Funded filmmakers would agree that their productions would be made available to the Australian people online for a nominal charge through a dedicated domestic streaming website, while still allowing the makers to market and sell the films domestically in any other way they can. Overseas rights would remain with the filmmakers to do as they wish.

The Arts Party would also like to see the introduction of a National Australian Film Day. The idea of such a day would be to encourage the enjoyment of Australian content by Australian people, across the country. We envisage the funding of a day-long program, across all major cities and within all of the major regional hubs across Australia; a day on which Local Councils (with the help of the State / Territory Governments) are funded to organise Australian films to be shown in cinemas, open-air cinemas, in parks, clubs, in school-grounds, libraries, galleries, museums and many other public spaces -- Australian content, made by Australians, for the Australian people.

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Supporting The Book Publishing Industry

We reject any suggestion that authors' rights or claims to royalties should be reduced in scale or limited by shorter than existing 'sunset' periods. We further reject the proposed changes to parallel book importation.

We want Australians to have access to a range of fiction and non-fiction that tells our stories, that goes towards building an independent and vigorous Australian culture. As a result we are committed to supporting the Australian publishing industry, especially small to medium publishers who are most likely to develop the writers of the future.

We call on reversing the removal of parallel book importation. The current situation will reduce – if not eliminate – the ability of small to medium publishers to earn money from buying/selling rights to books published in other territories and will significantly reduce the amount of small/medium presses that operate in Australia. This ultimately means fewer Australian writers having the opportunity to be discovered and fewer Australian stories being made available to the Australian people.

We further propose research into a tariff to be applied to imported books that would be used to subsidise the domestic publishing market.

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Supporting The Games Industry

The games sector are creators of significant screen content that require access to the Australian Producers Offset - thus giving a much-needed boost to investment in small and medium-sized Australian games companies.

In 2015, Australians spent $2.832 billion on video games. Digital sales accounted for $1.589 billion of that figure.

We call, additionally, for the return of the Interactive Games Fund to full original funding - a $20 million fund designed to encourage innovative new approaches and start-ups in the games industry. We need to encourage and support home-grown Australian companies to grow sustainable businesses, creating jobs and opportunity, with new IP in a global market. We would also develop policies for further taxation frameworks and other production assistance initiatives that both attract overseas businesses and encourage locals.

We applaud the recent initiative of the GDAA and the Victorian government in creating and supporting The Arcade, a shared working space that supports small games enterprises. It is an excellent template, transferable to the whole nation.  

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Supporting The Music Industry

Live music, dancing, venues and festivals - these are key ways we express ourselves, come together, build reconciliation, confidence and community. We support new approaches by local councils to development controls, building code requirements for noise abatement and liquor licensing rules, to help encourage more community-friendly live music venues.

We support creating a charter that guarantees fair treatment and equipment security rights for musicians at venues where performances are being held. 

Additionally, we want to make it cheaper and easier to book public spaces for musical performance and do more to activate our public land. We advocate creating an agency to simplify obtaining Public Liability insurance for performers, for low risk entertainment purposes, with a low fixed cost of $50.

We fully support the APRA Tax Offset, aimed at supporting the Australian Music Industry, primarily Artists, Venues and Sound Recording facilities. Details can be found here. This concept promises to boost venues, audiences, live music performance and income for all. Tax offsets generate additional spending in the economy, which results in additional tax revenue for the government.

The Arts Party fully support the continued funding of Sounds Australia. We believe that this funding helps to support Australia's live music exports and would like to see the federal Government commit to continuing such funding indefinitely into the future.
The Arts Party would like to see funding returned to the Live Music Office. The Live Music Office is integral in fostering audience development and driving regulatory reform, essential to the continuing growth, dynamacy and international competitiveness of this essential cultural industry.

Making sure that all Australians have access to music and live performances is equally important to ensuring that all Australians are protected from intrusion, noise and other unwanted side-effects of increased local activity. Ensuring that this balance is stuck is essential in creating sustainable growth within the Music Industry. The Arts Party wish to see the Federal Government work with State and Territory Governments and appropriate Local Government authorities to create a more coherent set of building codes, development controls, noise abatement and liquor licensing rules, that will strike a balance between encouraging continuing growth within the Music Industry and ensuring that such growth continues to be community-friendly into the future.

The Arts Party further wishes to work with State and Territory Governments and relevant Local Authorities to develop a charter for musicians at venues where performances are being held. Such a charter would clearly lay out the responsibilities of those running venues with respect to such issues as fair treatment of musicians at such venues and equipment security rights.

While we understand the value that some State Governments have seen in intriducing laws to ("Lock-out Laws") to reduce the consumption of alcohol after certain hours, we believe that the way that these laws have been implemented has, in many cases, done serious harm to the live music industries where they have been enacted. The Arts Party would like to work with State and Territory governments to find a compromise that strikes a balance, and finds a solution that can balance these two apparently competing requirements - such as exemptions for smaller venues (those that hold less than 250 patrons) that offer live music.

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MOOCs

The Arts Party will develop a fund, specifically aimed at the support and nurturing of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through Australian Universities. We believe that these courses are the future of learning, and that their development is essential in bringing open education to all, at sustainable costs.

If we allow Australia to fall behind in the development of this industry, we will be forever playing catch-up; forcing us to import from elsewhere. If we manage to support and grow this industry now, we will be creating a platform from which to launch the future of Australian Education and Training, thus generating new export dollars via an, as yet, untapped part of the education market.

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Creating A Space Industry

Nothing inspires the imagination of children and adults than the challenge of space research. It is also an industry that is on the verge of evolving into the mainstream. It is expected that within 50 years, domestic private space travel will have become a reality for 1st world travellers. Now is the time to invest in this future industry.

We propose creating a $1bn space research fund, to be used for both research and commercial projects. The priority would be developing low cost solutions for delivering unmanned payloads into low and high earth orbit and beyond, both for Australian companies, and international clients. Lunar research would be a key area.

While $1bn is a high price, to put this into perspective, Australia spends over $1bn a week on military spending and well over a billion dollars last year on running the Manus and Nauru detention facilities, which detained less than 1600 people. The last annual federal budget added up to over $450bn. It is achievable if we are brave enough to dream.

  

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