The Australian Greens are strongly supportive of both creative and
innovative industries in Australia. These fields are increasingly
overlapping, as digital distribution becomes more and more prevalent, which created
both opportunities and risks for content creators and service providers.
We will continue to work to ensure that the interests of both creative
and innovative industries are protected, and we do not believe that these two
things are mutually exclusive. Our future will be made brighter by Australian
creators and innovators working together to deliver Australian content to the
These two industries are fundamental to the future of work and play in
our country and the more support and protections we provide, the more we are
investing in jobs for young Australians into the future.
We suggest, as the Greens have contended in the past, that
site-blocking is not the most effective means of stopping piracy. Site-blocking
does not stop people from accessing content.
Rather, copyright is better addressed by making the content
available: conveniently, affordably, and in a timely way. We have seen this to
great effect with the popularity of Netflix in Australia and the impact on
We acknowledge that whilst the Bill is intended to address gaps within
the current scheme, unintended consequences of extending website blocking
practices are a concern that we hold and would like to further explore to
ensure that free speech and public discourse are not unduly affected.
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