The ATA is proud to announce that our short film “ALL Obsolete Industries Deserve The Taxi Bailout!” has been shortlisted for the grand final of this year’s Atlas Network’s Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival Award.
The Festival showcases filmmakers who show the absurdity of government overregulation and appalling economic practices. “This year’s finalists show not only a new high-water mark in professionalism, but also a diversity of creative approaches to sharing the message of liberty. Strengthening this community so that our partners continue to be challenged and inspired by each other is how the liberty movement will continue to reach new audiences and new heights.” said Matt Warner, Atlas Network’s vice president of programs and institute relations.
At a time when the NSW government is bailing out the failing taxi industry by sticking consumers with a $1 surcharge on their Uber fares, it only seemed logical to argue for the cause of a few more obsolete industries that never had the benefit of a government bailout.
Shared on the satirical facebook page, Coalition of Obsolete Industries, the video quickly entered the blogosphere and went viral, attracting 70,000+ views and counting – all without a single paid advertisement. One week after the video’s release, the planned bailout of all taxi license holders in the state was reduced to 2 payments of $20,000. “Given that the vast majority of licenses in New South Wales are held by a small number of companies, this represented a huge saving for taxpayers, and we were told that our campaign and this video in particular played a significant part in this reversal by the government.” said Brad Kitschke, public policy manager for Uber Australia & New Zealand.
“Participation in Lights, Camera, Liberty! helped in terms of putting me in the right frame of mind to be able to come up with the idea in the first place!” said Tim Andrews, executive director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Realizing the power of videos and being able to generate such a successful concept, frame it and so forth — actually thinking about the use of video — was the primary influence of Lights, Camera, Liberty!”
The ATA is proud to be a part of this great initiative and hopes to continue engaging the public and government bodies in new and innovative ways to support the fight against wasteful spending and senseless state intrusion into our lives.
By Satyajeet Marar