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International film productions such as Thor: Ragnarok unworthy of Qld taxpayer support

Thor: Ragnarok, now filming on the Gold Coast, and which is supposedly receiving Queensland taxpayer support of $3 million (see my post from October last year), is delivering much lower benefits to locals than may have been expected, as reported … Continue reading

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Transparency needed around luring film productions such as Thor: Ragnarok to Qld

In its final report on government industry assistance (i.e. corporate welfare) released in August, the Queensland Competition Authority recommended an end to the lack of transparency that still, alas, characterises Queensland Government industry attraction measures. This lack of transparency was … Continue reading

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QCA review suggests major budget savings available from slashing wasteful industry assistance

The Queensland Competition Authority published the final report of its Industry Assistance Review on Friday, and regrettably the Queensland Government was quick to reject its recommendations regarding a cut to drought assistance and the further review of subsidised regional electricity … Continue reading

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NSW Govt risks annoying US conservatives by subsidising Redford-Blanchett film – my comments on Breitbart

I’ve been quoted by Breitbart regarding NSW Government funding provided to the Truth film, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, which filmed in Sydney last year: Hollywood to Release Film Defending Dan Rather in Wake of Brian Williams Stolen Valor … Continue reading

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Don’t we have better things to spend $22 million on than Pirates of the Caribbean 5?

Government Ministers and officials who should know better have once again been seduced by the glamour of Hollywood, with the Australian Government offering around $22 million to Disney to secure production of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in Australia (see … Continue reading

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Public benefits of BIFF and BAPFF questionable

With pressing needs in health and education, it seems obvious to me that there is little public benefit from supporting film festivals, whether in the form of the former Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) or its replacement, the Brisbane Asia … Continue reading

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QCA review of Qld Govt industry assistance is great news

The Queensland Competition Authority has announced that the Government has commissioned it to review State Government industry assistance (see Review of Queensland Government Industry Assistance), which the Productivity Commission has previously estimated at over $800 million per annum (See Scope to cut … Continue reading

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