Australian content motion passed at Federal Conference

Mar 27, 2021 | Media Releases 2021

A motion has been passed at the National Party’s Federal Conference, which calls for quotas of Australian content to extend to streaming platforms like Netflix, Stan and Disney+.

NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey said her motion, was to establish mandatory levels of Australian content for all visual broadcasters including free to air TV; ABC and SBS, satellite and streaming services.

The motion was seconded by young Nationals president Alessia Maruca who said Netflix spends $12 billion annually on content and Australia should receive some of that.

Senator Davey said our Australian stories are part of who we are as a nation and we must ensure we continue to tell them.

“There is such a wide range of international content on streaming services, something many people have discovered particularly over the course of the COVID lockdown” Senator Davey said.

“As a nation we can’t be complacent, we can not let international programs and films take over our market.”

“There are currently 14 million Australians who access streaming services and they should be able to hear our stories.”

“We need to be proactive in making Australian productions for Australian audiences.”

“This is just one way we can ensure our stories are told for generations to come.”

“There are currently quotas for commercial free to air television and traditional pay TV, it is now time to do the same for the rapidly expanding streaming services.”