Election 2022: Greens outline arts, women’s safety policies

By Tom Ravlic

May 4, 2022

Adam Bandt
Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Artists performing at publicly funded events should be paid a minimum $250 fee for the gig, according to a policy proposal to boost the arts sector released by the Australian Greens this week.

The $250 minimum fee proposal is drawn from a Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance policy and aims to provide a guaranteed fee for performers.

Other suggestions from the Greens to boost the arts sector include the creation of a $1 billion live performance fund and a live performance insurance guarantee.

These policy initiatives form a part of a broader Greens arts sector that party leader Adam Bandt said needed better support given the way in which it was “smashed literally overnight” by the coronavirus pandemic.

“For the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greens have been advocating for better support for our arts and live performance sector,” Bandt said.

“The sector was smashed literally overnight and suffered the longest and hardest, yet repeated pleas to the Morrison government for adequate help to survive and rebuild have been ignored.

“The Morrison government has treated the arts sector and creative workers with contempt, like a bunch of dim philistines who dismiss the public good of the arts but love belting out tunes from their favourite artists.”

Bandt said a minimum fee pledge should be implemented for public events because the artists are the reason people come to those functions.

“Performers are the reason audiences show up; they deserve a minimum fee for publicly funded events – it’s the least the government can do,” Bandt said.

“This minimum fee pledge is part of a comprehensive policy to revive and secure our arts and live performance industry, including with an enhanced grants fund (RISE) and a live performance insurance guarantee.”

The Greens have also used the publication of a report called In One Generation by the National Women’s Alliance to call for the increased funding to improve services meant to improve women’s safety.

“Our policy to end gendered violence calls for a self-determined National Plan for First Nations Women and Girls, $1 billion per year to fully fund frontline and prevention services for the life of the plan, $477 million for consent education, $10,000 Survivor Grants, and stronger, consistent national laws governing domestic, family and sexual violence,” senator Larissa Waters, the Greens spokesperson on women, said.

“We will reform the family law system and double legal assistance funding so women can get the advice and representation they need to protect themselves and their children.”


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