I had a great meeting with David Gurney, CEO of Blue Rocket, to discuss the need for strong Australian content quotas – especially for children’s content – across broadcasting platforms, including video-on-demand streaming services.
Local content quotas are important for creating and maintaining jobs for Australian television producers, directors, actors, artists and crew as well as ensuring that Australians can see and hear stories that reflect our experiences, culture, heritage and landscapes.
As a former early childhood educator, I understand the importance of Australian children being exposed to Australian stories.
Sadly, local content quotas have been under sustained attack by the Morrison Government. Labor will always stand up for Australia’s arts, entertainment and screen production industry. We support the industry’s call to ‘Make it Australian’ and have been calling on the Government for some time to adopt local content quotas for streaming services like Stan, Amazon Prime and Netflix.