MEDIA RELEASE - CHILDREN’S TV DRAMA IN DECLINE UNDER LIBERALS - 30 OCTOBER 2018

The Screen Australia Drama Report 2017/18, released today, shows expenditure on Children’s TV drama at well below the five-year average.

As a measure of the health of the screen industry, the report is cause for concern when it comes to Australian stories for Australian kids. 

Labor is concerned that the failure of leadership on Australian content under the Liberal Government is causing uncertainty for industry and undermining content production.

Minister Fifield continues to sit on the report of the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review, despite having received it almost a year ago.

After five years, the Liberal Government has failed to adapt the policy settings to ensure Australian children have access to a diversity of quality Australian content across platforms.

Labor acknowledges a number of factors are at play in the decline and urges the Minister to act to remove policy uncertainty as a factor.

While Labor is encouraged that expenditure on Australian features and Australian TV drama is above the five year average, it is imperative we do not neglect children’s content.

It’s clear this out of touch Government needs to get its act together on children’s content.

Labor stands in support of quality children’s content, which kids love and families rely on.