Who spends more on the arts: Labor or Liberal? The answer might surprise you, writes Ben Eltham.
With the federal election approaching, many in the arts industry are starting to wonder what it might mean for the arts. It's not an easy judgment to make. Australian governments advance a rich and varied set of policies about the arts and culture. Cultural policy includes funding, such as arts grants and funding for cultural organisations. It also encompasses regulation, like copyright, broadcasting law and internet filtering.
So which party is better? Is it Labor, which has just poured more than $230 million into the sector through its Creative Australia policy? Or is the Coalition, who Arts spokesman George Brandis has long argued is a truer friend to the sector than Labor?
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