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Screen industry guilds and producers fear a trade treaty which the Australian government is negotiating with the Us and 10 other countries will threaten local content regulations.

Guilds representing writers, directors, actors and technicians and Screen Producers Australia have been lobbying the government to exempt audio-visual and cultural goods and services from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (Tppa).

The government wants to finalise the agreement with the Us, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam, Brunei, Chile and Malaysia by the end of this year.

Australian Writers. Guild executive director Jacqueline Elaine tells If she believes the government will surrender at least some parts of the exemption, known as a cultural carve-out.

.I am absolutely convinced there will be a trade-off against other national priorities,. says Elaine, who, together with reps from Screen Producers Australia, the Australian Directors Guild and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, has maintained close contact with the relevant negotiators. »

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