Labor arts policy welcomed by sector

A national Indigenous theatre company, restored funding for the Australia Council, and a focus on the centrality of the artist are among the key platforms of Labor’s Renewing Creative Australia.
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at an ALP event on Sunday, together with Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, the Shadow Minister for Education and Training and Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Image via Facebook.

An $8 million investment over four years for a new national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company, as well as support for existing First Nations dance and theatre companies to become major performing arts companies, is one of the central platforms of the Labor Party’s new arts policy, Renewing Creative Australia.

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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

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