Senate debates

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Arts and Entertainment Industry

3:33 pm

Photo of Rex PatrickRex Patrick (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister representing the Treasurer, Minister Birmingham. For obvious reasons, cinemas have had to close throughout COVID-19. Most of them have had to rely on JobKeeper for the past year just to tread water. Even though most businesses are getting back to normal, because of the situation overseas, particularly in the US, where there are no blockbuster movies being released, making it difficult to attract patronage, is the government looking at a targeted package to support independent cinemas, and what support is being considered if this is the case?


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