The government this week released one of the most important discussion papers about the arts and culture in years, and almost no one in the arts sector noticed.

It might be because the arts and cultural industries have stopped engaging with the government's tortuous process of developing a National Cultural Policy. After all, Peter Garrett announced the government would develop a cultural policy in 2009, and current Arts Minister Simon Crean is now promising to deliver one in 2012, a mere three years later.