Jun 8, 2012

Creative licence: NSW designs an artistic landscape

The NSW government has created a creative industries taskforce. But does all-compassing industry policy deliver?

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner has discovered the economic value of the creative industries. He’s convened a creative industries taskforce to “develop comprehensive strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the NSW creative industries sector”.

“NSW is Australia’s creative industries capital, with around 170,000 people in the state directly employed in the sector,” Stoner announced. “Whilst the cultural and social contribution of the creative industries has long been recognised, the NSW government understands the sector also makes an important contribution to our economy. In fact, the creative industries will be a key driver of growth, exports, productivity, innovation, and competitiveness for the NSW economy over the next decade.”

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