The federal government has injected $400 million into enticing Hollywood blockbusters to Australia, prompting a swipe from the Queensland premier over the help coming too late.
Scott Morrison has repeatedly emphasised the benefits to tradies of enticing films to Australia, mentioning electricians before actors and artists during a media blitz on Friday.
"It's about sparkies, caterers, it's about those working on set, the production people, those that provide accommodation and motorhomes," he told the Seven Network.
"People often think this is just jobs for actors - no, well, there is jobs for actors, but there importantly for all the trades and other skills that go into making that sector."
The money is going towards extending and improving the location incentive so it continues until 2027.
It provides tax incentives to major screen productions, depending on an application process.
The government expects the $400 million to attract about $3 billion in foreign expenditure and create 8000 jobs each year.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she's been asking the federal government for help in this space for years.
"I'm glad the federal government has finally responded," she said.
"We've lost a number of productions because of the federal government's failure to increase the incentive earlier and Queensland had to provide extra funding to make sure Dora was filmed here because the federal funding fell short."
Federal Labor has questioned why the government is spending $400 million on Hollywood blockbusters, but only $50 million on the local film sector.
"Godzilla is great but what about Australian stories?" Labor's Tony Burke said.
"Why is the government intent on having fewer Australian faces, voices and stories on our cinema and TV screens?"
Similar concerns have been aired by Free TV chief Bridget Fair, saying there's currently a review into local content, quotas and support for the domestic industry.
"It's difficult to understand why the government has made a one-off decision now about a single element of the mix right in the middle of this process," she said.
Productions including Thor: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Godzilla vs Kong, Shantaram and The Alchemyst have also received funds through the existing incentive funding pool.
The projects are estimated to generate spending of about $1 billion, support 8500 jobs and engage more than 9000 Australian businesses.