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The government's much-heralded $250 million "JobMaker" package for the arts and creative industries -- issued after months of calls for help from a sector completely smashed by the pandemic lockdown -- is, by the government's own numbers, around one-fifth of 1% of the annual value of the sector.

Crikey checked the numbers, and things are actually a little better than the government's own figures suggest -- but still tiny.

The government's media release claims creative industries are worth $112 billion a year and employ 600,000 people. The value figure is based on a 2018 paper from the Department of Communications, but that number is dominated by design, which primarily relates to IT: