Fifield promises NPEA decision within two weeks

Minister Fifield has taken a conciliatory approach to the sector at the National Arts Roundtable held in Sydney today.
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Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield told arts industry delegates he was committed to certainty, stability and security in the sector.

While he refrained from giving a definite answer as to whether he would push forward with former Minister Brandis’ cuts to the Australia Council and moving of funds to the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), the Minister made it clear he was seriously considering his options and understood the objections which have prompted more than 2,000 submissions to the Senate Inquiry, which concluded yesteday.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts