Sep 12, 2012

Qld budget: arts cuts will silence smaller shows

Arts Queensland's budget cuts will hit Queensland's artists and small cultural organisations hardest. They won't help minister Ros Bates' dire standing in the Queensland arts sector.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Given the scale of the blood-letting in Tim Nicholls’ Queensland budget yesterday, it might be thought that the arts got off rather lightly.

There will be cuts, of course: $12.4 million from arts grants over the forward estimates, and several of the state’s cultural institutions, such as the Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum, will also have their funding reduced. Around 25 jobs will go from the Queensland Art Gallery, the Museum will lose 22 jobs, and there will be likely be jobs lost from Arts Queensland.

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2 thoughts on “Qld budget: arts cuts will silence smaller shows

  1. Andrew Chalmers

    “Crikey contacted Minister Bates’ office for further details, but hadn’t received confirmation by the time of writing.”

    How unsurprising. Bates and her office are out of their depth.

  2. zut alors

    One suspects the invitations to the Minister are sent automatically and no-one actually wants her to attend.

    In the space of several months Soup Newman has damaged Queensland – watch out, Australia.

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