Apr 29, 2011

Crean gets to work on Labor’s cultural fabric

Some broad outlines of Labor's National Cultural Policy are beginning to finally emerge. But arts minister Simon Crean faces some big questions from industry and artists.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

It’s been a long time coming, but Labor’s National Cultural Policy appears to be finally taking shape.

Federal arts minister Simon Crean inherited the development of a National Cultural Policy from his predecessor, Peter Garrett, after taking on the portfolio in Julia Gillard’s 2010 cabinet. The idea for a federal cultural policy was first mooted by cultural economist David Throsby in 2006 and the idea was taken up by Garrett in opposition. Once in government, Garrett started taking consultations on a new policy, which closed in early 2010.

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