Local councils picking up arts funding slack

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A new report says cultural funding ‘reached its highest point ever’ in 2017/18 – but the real story is a lot more complex.

The Australian cultural sector has rarely lacked for innovation or creativity, but it has consistently failed to properly lobby for itself. Culture in Australia employs around 400,000 workers and represents A$112 billion of economic activity. But it has negligible political clout compared to industries like agriculture, mining or gambling.

Ben Eltham

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