Budget 2020-21: What it means for the arts?

It is no surprise the arts and culture sector has been ignored in last night's Budget 2020-21 delivery, despite the mantra being jobs, jobs, jobs, and a veiled message of care and recovery for all Australians.

The government was due to deliver the 2020-21 Federal Budget on 12 May, but postponed it because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the wait hardly seemed worth it for the arts. Overwhelmingly, the sector has again been ignored. In his speech, Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg said, ‘Our plan is guided by our values.’ The message is clear. There is no room to value the arts.

It is a wrenching outcome, that moves our sector beyond a ‘downturn’ to impending decimation.

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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