National cultural policy a chance for radical rethink

A robust arts policy is a first step in developing an expansive, nationally-appropriate cultural policy, argue Julianne Schultz AM, Julian Meyrick and Justin O'Connor.

As the cut-off for the government’s consultation on a National Cultural Policy (NCP) approaches, thousands in the sector are putting the finishing touches to their three-page submissions. These are directed around ‘five pillars’ drawn from Creative Australia, the national cultural policy announced in the last months of the Gillard regime, but ignored by the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments thereafter.

Coalition arts ministers showed little interest in cultural policy. Over the last nine years, national cultural institutions lost funding, the Australia Council’s budget was diverted to programs under ministerial control, and key board appointments reflected a lack of sector expertise.

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