Cultural leadership versus ‘business as usual’

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There is now no government department with ‘arts’ in the title. Our political vanishing act should be a wakeup call for renewal as well as legitimate anger.

It will be ‘business as usual’ for arts policy and funding, said Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, commenting on the disappearance of the word ‘arts’ from the title of his government department. A statement that anyone interested in the quality of life in Australia should not find reassuring.

Lizzie Muller

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