It’s time…

19 05 2016

Enough with sitting around complaining about how nobody listens to anything the arts community has to say. Enough of boat people and Royal Commissions. Make them sit up and listen!

Kudos with bells on it to the trailblazers who have kickstarted The Arts Party. It’s about time. Even if you are disinclined to hand over some cash to support the campaign (but it couldn’t hurt), make sure you master the new Senate voting instructions, and give the Arts Party your support in the ballot box. It will cost you nothing.

If Ricky Muir can do it (Motoring Enthusiasts… really?), not to mention that old windbag Clive Palmer, we can do it too. Let’s get a seat at the table.

The Arts Party slogans in haiku…

‘Want one million votes/ for the balance of power/wear an arts t-shirt.’

What’s not to love?





Would you like a little culture with that?

12 03 2013

 

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Otto Pliny, ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ (image via http://www.artvalue.com)

Cue drum roll…..

The day has dawned. Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean, will unveil the Labor government’s National Cultural Policy at the National Press Club today (I’m hoping he teases us, and reveals the details slowly… enticingly… think ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’).

We haven’t had one of these since Paul Keating’s much-vaunted ‘Creative Nation’ in 1994 – a cultural policy that (ominously for the current government) didn’t survive Keating’s ignominious ousting in 1996. In the lead-up to the release, Mr Crean has trotted out those well-worn public service buzzwords: ‘consultation’, ‘stakeholders’, and ‘arts constituency’. Do you think they’ll manage to squeeze a ‘paradigm’ and a ‘benchmark’ or two in there? One thing’s for sure – given the government’s obsession with holding onto a surplus in the upcoming budget, any spending they plan to do on the arts will certainly have to be smart. And creative.

If you can’t wait, or can’t be bothered trying to find the journalistic wash-up in tomorrow’s papers, the launch is to be televised and can be viewed live from 12.30pm (EST) today… link here.