PM flubs arts question on Q&A

Malcolm Turnbull struggled with the facts when asked about arts funding on Monday night.
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The Prime Minister’s understanding of the arts sector was shown to be seriously flawed this week when he revealed he did not understand the damage the Coalition had done to arts funding.

Katie Noonan, who in February was announced as the new Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival, asked the Prime Minister during his appearance on the ABC’s Q&A on Monday, whether he would commit to funding ‘a strong, completely independent’ Australia Council for the Arts, should he be returned to power after 2 July.

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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