I’ve had enough of playing piano books to last me a lifetime, and the time has come to buy one myself.
But not even I can afford the high-priced versions.
The Australian Greens are launching a campaign on Tuesday calling on people to buy a new set of standard-issue pianos, as the number of new pianos sold in Australia continues to grow.
“There’s no question there’s a problem,” Greens leader Richard Di Natale said.
“I’ve seen lots of people who don’t have a lot of money spend $100,000 on a piano they’ve never used.”
Dr Di Natal said he had to sell his last piano in 2010 when it sold for $500,000.
“We need to get people buying pianos that are worth $1,000,” he said.
Dr Di Natta said he was convinced that the Australian economy would be better off if everyone bought a piano, and that his party would get around 30 per cent of the total sales.
“The economy is not as good as it could be, but we can do much better,” he told 7.30.
The Greens have proposed that every adult would have a minimum of three standard-issued pianos.
The party wants to see an end to “toxic” marketing, and to end the “double-standard” between the public and the piano makers.
“That means it’s the piano companies that should be held accountable for their work,” Dr Di Notta said.
The new rules are expected to be announced on Tuesday.