Mar 15, 2013

Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

As the dust begins to settle on Simon Crean's Creative Australia policy, most arts and cultural leaders have been overwhelmingly supportive of the new plan. But there are a few dissenting voices.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

In the days after the announcement of the federal government’s artistic blueprint in Canberra, Crikey has spoken to dozens of prominent figures in the arts. In the main, the response has been highly positive.

Australia Council deputy chair Robyn Archer, for instance, calls the policy “fantastic” and “visionary”. “The focus on schools — that’s fantastic, that’s visionary,” she said. “If you try to imagine a life without music, or film, now it would be a pretty bleak existence. Therefore the arts have to be regarded as an essential service and they need to be trained and paid like other essential services.”

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2 thoughts on “Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

  1. Warren Joffe

    Simon Crean has been a regular at Opera Australia first nights for yonks and so is exempt from any suspicion that he is as philistine as one’s stereotype politician even if freebies have something to do with it. However, he is also a very experienced shrewd politician so it is surprising that a major point has been overlooked. *Buying the influence and votes of people in the Arts is cheap compared with any alternative way to the hearts and minds of opinion leaders*.

    Jim Kennan saw the point in the late 80s in Victoria when the state ALP government had handled the economy so badly that it couldn’t afford to buy the love of teachers, let alone public servants as a whole. The Arts communities had to be the target for purchased affection and praise.

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