2012 Advocacy
Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

Prepared by Nathan Shepherd
December 7, 2012

The MCA responded to a discussion paper with a set of questions about exceptions to the Copyright act posed by the Commission. The MCA submits that the current exceptions to copyright and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) are generally adequate and appropriate in the digital environment.

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Article on music education in schools published in The Australian on October 17 PDF Print E-mail


Richard Letts

October 17 2012

The article gives key facts about the lack of music education in Australian primary schools and argues the case for a great increase in provision.

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Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Prepared by Lynn Gailey
October 3 2012

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Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Prepared by Lynn Gailey
August 20 2012

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MCA's comments on ACARA's draft Australian Arts Curriculum PDF Print E-mail

MCA's comment on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority's draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts

Prepared by a panel of experts organised by MCA

September 16, 2012

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Response to the Report of the Higher Education Base Funding Review PDF Print E-mail

January 5, 2012
Richard Letts, MCA Executive Director

Analyses of the Report with regard to its relevance to the serious funding issues facing Australia’s university music schools.

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The Funding of Australia’s University Schools of Music PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Minister for University Education, Senator Chris Evans

Prepared by Dr Richard Letts with collaboration from the heads of a number of tertiary music schools.

June 5, 2012

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Recommendations of the music industry following upon the report of the Convergence Review PDF Print E-mail

Letter to Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy

Prepared by Dr Richard Letts
June 1, 2012

The Music Council’s and the industry’s special interest is in sustaining a robust presence for Australian music in the broadcast and online media into the future.

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Australia Council Review PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Office for the Arts

Prepared by Dr Richard Letts
May 27, 2012

The Minister for the Arts commissioned a report on the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Government’s arm’s length arts funding body. When the report was published he invited comments from the public.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Prepared by Lynn Gailey
March 14, 2012

The submission supports ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, partly on the grounds that it reflects existing Australian legislation and moves some way towards creating an environment that facilitates legitimate use of copyright content.

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The Schools Workforce Study PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Productivity Commission

Prepared by Lynn Gailey and Dr Richard Letts
16 February 2012

The Music Council builds on submissions made to other inquiries, arguing that the schools workforce is not currently equipped to teach the music curriculum, a position particularly acute in public and Catholic schools and in Years K-6, and the workforce will face even greater challenges with the development and implementation of the new Australian Curriculum unless workforce shortcomings are urgently addressed.

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Convergence Review PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy responding the Convergence Review Committee’s Interim Report

Submission prepared by Lynn Gailey.
February 10, 2012

The Music Council reiterates positions outlined in its earlier submissions and argues that in any review of broadcasting policy, the public interest must take precedence. The Music Council observed that policy for broadcasting and broadcasting-like services must balance cultural and social objectives along with fostering competition and diversity. Economic considerations need to be seen as embedded within culture and not the reverse.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement PDF Print E-mail

To the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, a submission regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

 

Submission prepared by Lynn Gailey.
January 27, 2012