Smaller parties come to the arts policy party

With the Nick Xenophon Team and even the Pirate Party boasting arts policies, the Coalition’s silence on the subject is even more glaring.
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Nick Xenophon. Photo by Zhent_ via Flickr 

The Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) today released an arts policy which is focused on rebuilding the Australia Council’s funding to pre-2015 levels and subjecting the Catalyst program to greater scrutiny and independence.

Led by the South Australian-based independent Nick Xenophon, who was originally elected to the Australian Senate in 2007 and re-elected in 2013, the NXT’s policy acknowledges that the arts represent a vital part of Australian life and that creativity and innovation are not limited to the science and technology fields.

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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