IN a release headed “a little less conversation, a little more action please”, MusicACT has today (July 16) lashed out at the ACT Government’s inaction on the 2019 Entertainment Action Plan—but with a touch of humour.
The Canberra music industry body has posted a series of satirical videos openly modelled on Shaun Micallef’s ”Mad as Hell”, in which local comedian Allan Sko reports on the government’s inertia while interviewing people looking much like himself on a range of hot community-related topics.
Long before the pandemic, MusicACT says Canberra’s live music scene was already struggling and as far back as 2009, the ACT government’s “Live Community Events” inquiry found that without sound regulation and planning law reform, Canberra’s live music and events industry would seriously suffer as residential developments expand across the city.
In October 2019 MusicACT mounted a protest of more than 700 people in Garema Place, which resulted in the ACT government releasing the Entertainment Action Plan, now languishing in a filing cabinet somewhere while more development approvals are pushed through, forcing Canberra to become “closer to a silent city”.
If the situation wasn’t so sad it would be, well, laughable.
The satirical videos can be viewed via musicact.com.au