Senate inquiry into arts funding flooded with submissions

The inquiry into the impact of Senator Brandis’ raid on the Australia Council budget has received more than 2000 submissions.
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Ancient Egyptian art in the Museo archeologico nazionale (Florence). Photo by Sailko via Wikipedia. 

More than 2260 submissions have been received by the Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts.

The high number of submissions shows the widespread public concern about the changes. Typically Senate Inquiries receive much smaller numbers of submissions: the Senate Inquiry into Wind Turbines received 438 submissions, and the ongoing Senate Inquiry into Third Party Certification of Food (i.e. Halal certification) to date has received 388 submissions.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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