Just an Inquiry or a golden opportunity?

Arts sector leaders respond to the launch of the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Response Inquiry.
inquiry. Image shows two hands holding a piece of dark card with a chalk question mark on it in front of a black backdrop of chalked question marks.

On 21 September this year Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a year-long Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Response Inquiry, looking at the Federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presided over by three independent panel members, its terms of reference reveal the Inquiry’s broad scope.

Since the Inquiry was announced, ArtsHub has contacted a cross-section of people in the arts industry to gauge how they felt the sector was treated by governments during 2020/2021.

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.