Import Ban of Aboriginal Products
- Senate Committee Inquiry into Australia's Indigenous visual arts & craft sector.
The ACCC has accepted the term "Aboriginal Style" to describe non-authentic aboriginal product. It is estimated that about 90% of product sold in retail as Aboriginal product or "Aboriginal Style" is non-authentic product. Quite often this product is imported into Australia.
This confusion in the marketplace undermines the integrity of authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products, threatens the viability of genuine retailers and greatly impinges on the incomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The ban of imports of Aboriginal product and the abolition of the term "Aboriginal Style" will decrease the amount of non-authentic Aboriginal product and greatly increase the opportunities for authentic Aboriginal product to enter the marketplace. In turn, economic returns from Aboriginal products should flow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. It will increase consumer confidence and restore integrity in authentic Aboriginal product.
We, the undersigned, support an import ban into Australia of products purporting to be Australian Indigenous or Indigenous style, artefacts, artworks and souvenirs.
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The Import Ban of Aboriginal Products petition to Senate Committee Inquiry into Australia's Indigenous visual arts & craft sector. was written by Creative Economy Pty Ltd and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.