Give us 48 hours to save Dora: Qld premier

By , 25/04/2020 19:35

A better tax break will ensure Dora the Explorer gets filmed in Queensland, the film industry says.Queensland has asked a Hollywood film studio to give it some time to save a proposed local production of Dora the Explorer after the federal government all but killed off the project.
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Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Paramount’s request for a tax break so it could produce the live-action children’s movie in .

Mr Morrison left it until the last minute of his deadline to tell Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk he would not grant the exemption, meaning the movie would likely now be filmed overseas.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was a slap in the face to Queensland and would cost Gold Coast jobs.

“I’ve urgently written to Paramount to give us an extra 48 hours to try and save Dora,” she said.

“How come Canberra can give billions of dollars to Victoria and NSW, and Queensland jobs on the Gold Coast are going to miss out thanks to Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull?”

The state Labor government had been lobbying its federal counterparts to grant a tax offset increase above the standard 16.5 per cent, like it had done for the Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman movies.

The film’s producers needed to know by Friday so they could meet their filming schedule.

Mr Morrison said in his letter that Queensland should have enough funding to secure the movie without the added incentive.

“I note that last year (the state government) committed to provide $20 million to attract more blockbuster films to Queensland,” he wrote.

“Your government is well placed to provide the necessary top-up grant from this funding to secure this investment in Queensland, without the need to call on the Commonwealth.”

Ms Palaszczuk said her government had done all it could to secure the film without federal help.

“That’s not how it works. We have a screen industry attraction fund which has already put a share on the table,” she said earlier on Friday.

“The problem we have is when the Commonwealth Games finish on the Gold Coast, I will not have a movie moving into those studios if Scott Morrison doesn’t sign on the dotted line today.”

Ms Palaszczuk also rejected suggestions from Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington that her push to establish a screen industry in Queensland was a “vanity project”.

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