The Australian Directors Guild and the MEAA along with the other Guilds are campaigning to ensure new Australian content will be shown on the Free-to-Air networks digital channels. Currently the amount of new Australian drama, children’s and documentary is only 14%. With this new proposed legislation it will only require them to show 11% and this does not have to be new programming. The government will also allow them to spread their Australian content quota across all their channels. This will be a disaster for the Australian production industry. The Guilds have launched an online petition, cartoon postcard to be sent to politicians and will be heading to Canberra to lobby to stop the new legislation going through Parliament in March. So please go and sign up to the online petition listed below and make your position known to your local member.
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