Half of Federal arts emergency money remains unspent

Shadow Arts Minister Tony Burke delivers the alarming news that half of RISE Federal funding promised is still undelivered, more than a year on.

Shadow Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke has looked at the numbers and at the timeline, and in a statement this week (20 July), delivered the alarming news that the Morrison Government has only rolled out half of the emergency funding it announced for the arts and entertainment industry.

‘Thirteen months ago Scott Morrison and Paul Fletcher enlisted celebrities for a photo opportunity to announce the RISE grants to help get arts and entertainment organisations through the pandemic. Now – more than a year on – Minister Fletcher has confirmed only $100 million of the promised $200 million has actually been spent,’ said Burke.

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