The Steven Marshall Plan: We speak with SA’s Premier

Adopting a measure of austerity in his first year to plan for a rich future, SA Premier and Minister for the Arts Steven Marshall outlines his vision for the state, which puts its faith in sector-driven recommendations.
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SA Premier Steven Marshall, right, listening attentively at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Image supplied.

In September last year, a newly elected Premier Steven Marshall handed down his government’s first budget. It was always going to be a signal for change, especially given that a Liberal Government had not been in power in South Australia for 16 years.

How that change was read by the SA arts sector was not wholeheartedly welcomed. The arts – like many other areas across the budget – faced substantial ‘efficiency adjustments’, more bluntly received as cuts, within months.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina