But Jack Joseph Valenti (1921– 2007) a long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America, made us an offer we couldn't refuse.
He said that if we started our own movie industry with government support, he would ruin us economically.
This was no empty threat as the same threat had been used to effect at Suez, cutting us off from Britain.
However Mr Valenti did offer us a sweetener. He said although we couldn't have our own movie industry, we could send our directors and movie stars to Hollywood.
And that is why you see so many Australian movie stars and directors in Hollywood today.
Jack Valenti was President of the Motion Picture Association of America for thirty-eight years, and knew how to get things done. He is the perfect representative of your culture and values.
What amazes me how instinctively you defend these values and how you object to anyone fighting back.