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Budget brings welcome changes to super threshold and extra support for AAP but doubts remain about ABC funding

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The abolition of the superannuation threshold announced in last night’s Federal Budget will make a substantial difference to low-paid workers in the entertainment and arts industries ...
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Speech by Karen Percy to ABC Friends event, May 8, 2021

This is an edited version of a speech given by MEAA’s federal vice president Karen Percy to an ABC Friends panel discussion on the damage the attacks on the ABC have caused to the public broadcaster. Delivered on Saturday, May 8 at Melbourne’s Hawthorn Town Hall. Thanks to all of ...
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World Press Freedom Day 2021: hostility towards journalists is on the rise

Journalists are fearful that increased harassment, abuse and violence directed towards them during the Covid-19 pandemic could become the new normal, says the union for Australian media workers ...
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Journalists’ union gives notice to quit Australian Press Council

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The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union for Australian journalists, will be giving notice that it intends to withdraw from the Australian Press Council ...
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Extra arts funding is too little, too late

The extra $125 million announced by the federal government today won't be enough to save thousands of jobs in the arts and entertainment sector when JobKeeper ends this weekend, says the union for Australia’s arts and entertainment workers ...
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Screen creatives visit Canberra to call for action on local content

Leading Australian actors, crew, writers and producers are in Canberra this week in a united push to convince Parliament to introduce local content requirements for booming digital viewing platforms ...
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Opening statement to Senate inquiry into media diversity in Australia

On March 12, 2021, MEAA addressed a public hearing of the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee's inquiry into media diversity in Australia. MEAA Chief Executive Paul Murphy delivered this opening statement: Thank you Chair and Committee members. This inquiry is important. It is important because: - media reforms over ...
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Governments must heed the call for greater media diversity

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Greater diversity is needed in Australian media ownership to allow for a wider variety of voices to be heard and to better serve our communities ...
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