2009 Advocacy
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009 11:00

International Film Co-Production Program

A letter to Richard Cohen of Screen Australia

Richard Letts
December 15, 2009

The music council has responded to a review of the Guidelines for the International Film Co-production Program being conducted by Screen Australia.

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Thursday, 10 September 2009 11:00

The National Curriculum and Strategic Advocacy For Music and the Arts

A paper for the music education community

Richard Letts
September 10, 2009

Advocacy to governments on behalf of music education has been, in a sense, unfettered until recently. However, with the decision by the Commonwealth to include the five artforms, dance, drama, media, music and visual arts/design, in the National Curriculum, governments must now consider all five together. There is a need for collaboration and mutual consideration among the artform advocates. The alternative could be public dispute and failure.

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Saturday, 29 August 2009 11:00

Aussie Musicians Centre Stage

Submission to The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for the Arts

August 29, 2009
Written by Lynn Gailey and Richard Letts

During the 2007 election campaign, now-Minister Garrett announced an initiative to require presenters of tours by foreign artists to engage Australian musicians as opening acts. The initiative has not been implemented and a reason was suggested to the MCA. This letter suggests a way of addressing the obstacle and proceeding to implementation.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009 11:00

Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Written by Lynn Gailey
August 25, 2009

This agreement is under negotiation with Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States of America. As with the other submissions on Australia's negotiation of international free trade agreements, the Music Council states its opposition to any inclusion of culture. The issue is especially pertinent in this negotiation because Australia already has agreements with New Zealand and the United States which tie the Australian government's hands in supporting Australian culture. The Music Council is strongly opposed to any of the concessions made in either CER or AUSFTA being replicated in new trade agreements.

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Saturday, 08 August 2009 11:00

Review of the Entertainment Industry Act 1989, New South Wales

Submission written by Lynn Gailey, with Richard Letts assisting.
August 8, 2009

The Music Council responded to an Options Paper prepared by the Better Regulation Office and the Office of Industrial Relations. Although the Music Council concentrates its attention on national rather than state matters, in this case it was considered that the Act is the most advanced in the country, despite its shortcomings, and that revisions to it may be influential in other jurisdictions.

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Friday, 31 July 2009 11:00

Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus)

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Submission written by Lynn Gailey and Richard Letts
July 31, 2009

MCA's ongoing position with regard to international free trade agreements is that culture should be totally excluded from them. In two notable Australian agreements, it has not been the agreement with the USA (AUSFTA) and with New Zealand (CER). AUSFTA has already precluded Australian from taking some actions in domestic cultural policy. The CER had the spectacular outcome some years ago of New Zealand productions being given classification as Australian productions for the purpose of meeting Australian content requirements on television. In the case of New Zealand, this perhaps is not so worrisome in practice, but imagine if that had been an outcome of the agreement with the USA.

The Music Council submission notes the necessity of avoiding the extension of the cultural provisions of the CER or the agreements between Australia or New Zealand and the  USA, to this agreement.

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Friday, 03 July 2009 11:00

Australia Korea Free Trade Agreement

Submission to the Korea FTA Task Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Lynn Gailey
July 3, 2009

The submission reiterates the MCA's position, already presented in other policy submissions, that culture should be excluded from all free trade agreements. It describes the special circumstances applying in South Korea, where negotiation of an FTA with the USA led to a halving of the Korean screen quota for local films—a policy that had nurtured the development of one of the most successful film industries in the world.

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Friday, 01 May 2009 11:00

Australia's Future Tax System Review (the Henry Review)

Submission to the AFTS Secretariate, The Treasury

Lynn Gailey and Richard Letts

May 1, 2009

The review is considering reforms to the taxation system. The MCA submission presents observations and recommendations on a number of matters affecting musicians and the music sector.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 December 2010 12:14
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Thursday, 23 April 2009 11:00

Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Lynn Gailey and Richard Letts
April 23, 2009

This submissionreiterates the MCA's basic position that culture should not be on the table ininternational trade agreements.

This is a positive list agreement, meaning that it covers only matters specifically included inthe agreement. This is in contrast to the more dangerous negative list agreement, such as that with the USA, in which all trade is included unless specifically excluded.

The danger in this agreement was in particular that the terms of the prior Australia-New Zealand(CER) trade agreement, in which culture is totally on the table, would not be extended to ASEAN. If fact, they have not been so extended.

The MCA is satisfied that this agreement does not endanger the Australian government's prerogative to support Australian culture.

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Thursday, 05 March 2009 11:00

Australian Accession to Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

MCA submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Richard Letts
March 5, 2009

The Music Council has made a submission to the Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, making a number of proposals as it considers Australian accession to the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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Friday, 27 February 2009 23:00

Review of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice

A letter to Joan Warner of Commercial Radio Australia

Richard Letts
February 28, 2009

The music council has responded to a review of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice, in response to the Request for Public Comment.

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Sunday, 01 February 2009 11:00

Commercial Radio Codes of Practice

Submission to the review by Commercial Radio Australia

Written by Dr Richard Letts, with input from Music Council Members Robyn Holmes, Julian Knowles, Stephen Peach and Michael Smellie
February 27, 2009

Since 1992, the formerly government-managed regulation of the Australian music quotas on commercial radio has passed into the management of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), the industry association for commercial radio broadcasters. While the regulations are ostensibly formulated by CRA, in consultation with representatives of national music industry organisations, they must be approved by the Commonwealth's Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA). Every few years, CRA is obliged to organise a review of the regulations, Commercial Radio Codes of Practice, including an invitation for comment from the public. Its recommendations must then be submitted to ACMA for approval, or not.

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