Labor promises new cultural policy ahead of election

Instead of announcing an arts policy prior to Saturday’s election, the ALP has pledged to develop a national cultural policy instead.

A new cultural policy – the first since the abolition of Creative Australia by the Abbott Government in 2013 – has been promised should Labor be elected to government this Saturday.

Such a policy would centralise First Nations art and culture; reaffirm the need for arms-length arts funding; revive cooperation between Federal, State and Local governments; and examine the potential for a national live events insurance scheme to counteract the sector’s uncertainty as Australia emerges from the pandemic, according to details released by the Labor Party today (16 May).

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