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Mar 22, 2013

My Cup of Tea: Crean’s cultural policy in jeopardy

Simon Crean's suicide mission has left Australia without an arts minister. Is the recently developed cultural policy dead in the water?

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Simon Crean

One of the more sombre footnotes to yesterday’s bizarre events in Canberra is the sacking of Simon Crean as arts minister, less than a fortnight after he brought down Australia’s first cultural policy in 19 years.

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  1. Andybob

    “Australia’s federal system of government means successful pursuit of Creative Australia will depend on partnerships across agencies, with state and territory and local governments, commercial and non-profit enterprises, educational institutions, and with artists, philanthropists, teachers and community groups.”

    From the Creative Australia Executive Summary

    Basically its Federal intrusion, unwarranted by any constitutional power, into State matters because the Federal govt has more money than responsibilities and thinks it can get some electoral mileage from supporting the arts.

    Its a recipe for funding Arts beaurecrats, not artists.

    We really need the Federal Govt. to properly fund the States to deliver essential services and infrastructure before involving itself in the Arts, or better yet, abolish the States. Then the Fed Govt can play Arts funder to its hearts content.

  2. el tel

    Higher education is about to get its fourth minister in fifteen months, so there is no reason why the arts should be immune from Ministerial chaos

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