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My life is boring and mundane and possibly even dull, or maybe it's just me.

Oh, and the Free Trade Agreement, not such a good thing, especially for the Australian cultural industry.

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About the Free Trade Agreement – what’s it going to do to the Australian cultural industry? ::is curious::
Let me preface my comment with the fact that I tend to the left on the political spectrum, and am deeply suspicious of anything that our PM supports. With that out of the way I will also say that the FTA seems to me to be a pat on the back to Australia for standing shoulder to shoulder with the USA in the 'war on terror", and supposedly will bring great economic advantages to both sides. However with trade liberalisation also comes the removal of industry protection (i.e. our TV stations are required to show a certain percentage of Australian content), and whilst this is not effected by the FTA at the moment, there is the worry that it may be in the future. The film industry is worried that if quotas and tax incentives etc are removed (remember free trade means open competition without industry protection) then the ability to tell Australian stories will be lost. This doesn't mean that we need to have nationalistic, jingoistic Aussie stories on our screen, but it does mean that there has to be the cultural space for 'other' stories to be told. Once tax incentives, art grants, govt backing to the cultural industry are removed, profit becomes the single motivator, and stories will be lost. I hope this makes some sense to you - the FTA is an incredibly complex document, and this is my interpretation of the concerns for our cultural industry.