Queensland's new Arts Minister Ros Bates has had a bumpy ride in her first six months in the position, as we've chronicled previously. Bates has sacked the deputy director-general of Arts Queensland, and then had to break the bad news of $12 million in cuts to arts grants. Most recently, she made headlines by criticising the commission of a $1 million sculpture by high-profile New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai, labelling it an "appalling waste" of money.
In one respect Bates can be commended: she is following through on a Liberal-National Party election promise to establish a "superstar fund". The fund will support major Queensland performing arts organisations to "develop a major local production featuring an internationally known artist or artists". According to the Liberal-National Party election platform: