contact your local member to ask their help to save children's content!
sign the petition!
We want Australian stories on Australian Screens
We want Australian children dreaming Australian dreams
We need to save children’s content and we need your help.
Meeting or calling your local politician is the best way to get your message across.
Australian federal politicians generally keep one day of a non-sitting week free to meet with their constituents. We encourage you to contact your local member or senator and ask for a meeting and tell them how important it is to save children's content.
You can search for your local member and senators by clicking this link.
If you meet or speak with your local member or senator, you might find it helpful to write a script. You may only have a few minutes to speak, so it is important to get as quickly to the issues as possible.
Here is an example of how you might structure your script.
"Hi I'm _______ and I live in your electorate."
Identify the issue
"I have been told children's television content is at risk."
Tell them why the issue is important
Here you might tell the politician how you grew up watching Australian children's television.
If you have children, you might tell the politician how your children love Australian children's television.
Tell them what you want
"I want Australian stories on Australian screens. I want Australian children dreaming Australian dreams. I want Australian children's television protected."
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has launched the #SaveKidsTV campaign, calling on the Federal Communications Minister to strengthen the Government’s commitment to supporting a strong children’s television production industry in Australia.
The campaign petition reads:
To the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield,
Children’s television has played a crucial role in our country’s media landscape, and in the development of young Australians, for generations.
The children’s television industry needs your support if it’s going to survive in the modern, competitive media landscape. New players like Netflix and Stan have changed the way all of us, including young people, consume media and they can't be allowed to leave children’s TV behind.
At this time, it’s also disappointing to see the major Australian television channels try to get out of their obligations to make high quality children’s programs simply because they can’t compete for ratings with the likes of MasterChef and Married at First Sight.
From Bananas in Pyjamas to the legendary Round the Twist, high quality Australian made children’s television has always played an important role in shaping young hearts and minds in this country.
Minister, please don’t let Australian children’s television die.