Turns out that Greg Jericho knows a lot about the matter of government subsidy for the movie business.
I suspect that the benefits of this sort of government support are a bit stronger than Jericho thinks. I reckon that of the type of industries government can be seen to be helping, this one has a certain high profile, confidence building factor that others don't share. All the publicity surrounding a major star staying for protracted periods on the Gold Coast or in Sydney (and saying nice things about these places) must count for something, no? (Unless, of course, you are Barnaby Joyce and manage to turn a national image of relative youth and vigour into something more resembling a patronising fogey-ness.)