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Aug 12, 2011

A political arts discussion with broad strokes

Arts Minister Simon Crean has released a discussion paper on the government's forthcoming National Cultural Policy. He speaks to Crikey about the competing agendas and the budget belt tightening.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Yesterday, the government released the National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper. It’s been a long and slow journey this far, after previous incumbent Peter Garrett announced the government’s intention to formulate a new policy back in 2009 and called for consultations. Arts Minister Simon Crean has indicated this discussion paper will now form the basis for a second round of submissions and consultations, with the new policy to be rolled out after next year’s federal budget.

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  1. AngelTrumpet

    Comments in the paper including “the arts have been an integral part of Australian life…”, “the massive changes affecting the arts and creativity in Australia” and “Australians participate in the arts and creative activity at all levels” indicate this will likely be a new Arts and Creative Industries Policy in a fancy suit.

    Why call this a Cultural Policy if it will ignore vital policy areas that have shaped and defined Australian culture over the past hundred years, such as our US-centric foreign policy, our myopic immigration policies and our national obsession with sports funding?

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