Mar 14, 2013

Delahunty: kudos to Crean for prising arts money from Treasury

Former Victorian ALP arts minister Mary Delahunty reflects on how hard it is to get money out of Treasury boffins for the arts, and provides a few pointers to would-be arts ministers.

If politics is the art of the nearly impossible, Simon Crean has done well. In a harsh fiscal environment the wily political veteran (and federal Arts Minister) has winkled money for his 10-year national arts blueprint out of bigger portfolios, an always reluctant Treasury and often recalcitrant states.

For the $235 million Creative Australia plan, plus $70 million in the last budget to the collecting institutions like the National Library to digitise collections, Crean has worked across government. “As you can see we’ve worked with colleagues for a social and economic dividend,” he said yesterday.

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