The impact that COVID-19 has had on hundreds of thousands of artists and entertainers right across Australia is devastating.
We know that this has been a tough time for all Australians. From having to stay away from loved ones and find new ways to celebrate birthdays and have coffee catch-ups, to those who have lost jobs and livelihoods, with no idea of what awaits them in the future, or those who have tragically lost a family member or friend due to the health crisis of COVID-19, we have all felt these impacts in one way or another.
There have been few things that have brought us together during these isolated times, but there has been one thing that we have all been able to turn to and take comfort from, and that's our arts and our entertainment industry. A good book, our favourite TV show or film, musicians doing gigs via social media, and virtual exhibitions have all offered us an outlet to both escape and come together.
This is not the first time, of course. We saw only recently, over summer, that it was artists and creatives that were there in the midst of the bushfire crisis and were the first to step up, help out and raise money at a much-needed time.
But there is no denying that this time around the people who work in these industries have been left behind by the government. There has been no targeted package for this sector like there has for others.Read more
The Great Australian Bight is a very special place that deserves to be protected for good.
On the first day back in Parliament, after the extended shutdown due to COVID-19, I appealed in the Senate chamber for the Government to acknowledge the need to put in place a moratorium on drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
It's time we protect our Bight - #FightForTheBight
Join the campaign for calling for the Great Australian Bight to be nominated for World Heritage Listing.
The politicking over the Murray-Darling Basin is leading to misinformation frustration and ultimately a river system that is sick and in crisis.Read more
Housing should be a basic human right. But because of COVID-19 we know renters and landlords are struggling to pay rent or their mortgage due to lost income. What has not helped during these already stressful times, is the confusion and uncertainty the rules and concessions around renting.
The the PM declaring a rental evictions moratorium for 6 months - however, each state has chosen different way in which to 'implement' this. To help answer some of the most common questions about renting, we have compiled information from South Australia's trusted tenant support agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my landlord evict me?
The state Government has announced that a landlord will not be able to evict a tenant if they are unable to pay their rent due to the loss of income or employment as a result of COVID-19. You still need to talk to your agent if you have concerns about paying your rent or being evicted for any other reason. You can ask to make alternative payment arrangements. If you can’t reach an agreement, the landlord may apply to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to try to resolve the matter.
If my rent is reduced for now, will I be expected to pay it later?
At this stage, nothing has been announced to say that outstanding rent money will not have to be paid back, once this pandemic is over. The safest option is to assume that the rent debt will still need to be repaid until told otherwise
If I get money from Centrelink, will my rent go up?
During this time, a landlord can not increase the rent of a residential tenancy. Tenants in public housing are usually charged a portion of their income as rent. People who receive many types of welfare payment will receive additional COVID-19 stimulus support payments. SA Housing and community housing tenants will not have to pay increased rent because of this additional income.
For more information about changes to renting in South Australia, please see the websites below:
South Australian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal is where civil law disputes or applications, such as those that relate to landlord/tenant relationships are resolved.
or call 1800 723 767
Consumer and Business Services is where all rental bonds are held in South Australia.
or call 131 882
Sign the petition to protect renters and homeowners who are facing financial uncertainty during this time of crisis.
Please note that the information above is specific to residents in South Australia only.
Not in SA? There are services across the country who can help:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
In these unprecedented times when we are staying home to save lives - One thing we can do is call for better Australian content on our streaming services.
Last week, I asked people on my Facebook Page - 'What their favourite Australian film and show was? The response was amazing - way too many to list. So instead we have collated the responses through this word cloud.
Can you spot your favourite Aussie film?
Do you realise that the Australian screen industry is in the fight of its life?
We need Australian stories told on Australian screens by us, to us, about us. Performers, producers, writers, directors and crew have joined forces to campaign for the future of the screen industry.
Check out the 'MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN - OUR STORIES ON SCREEN' campaign.
*Update* As of March 23, the government has ordered Australia’s restaurants and cafes to halt dine-in trade and move to takeways or pickups only. We'll endevour to keep this list as relevent as possible in the coming weeks.
Local Businesses are adjusting their businesses in light of social distancing and self-isolating is becoming common practice.
It is important that we support our local businesses, particularly our favourite restaurants and cafes during COVID-19.
If you know of any local South Australian restaurant or cafe who are implementing a pick up/drop off service, send my office the details and we will share!
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
These are extraordinary times. COVID-19 is not just a health crisis, but also an economic and social and community crisis. This is like nothing else we have experienced before.
Schools are being closed. Pubs, restaurants and cafes are closing their doors for the foreseeable future. This week alone thousands of people will lose their jobs and thousands, likely millions, more will lose theirs in the coming weeks and months. We have seen the lines at Centrelink already and they will no doubt continue to grow.
We are all in this together, but many will feel the brunt of the impact of COVID-19 harder than others. For these people we must all do our part to ensure no one is left behind.