"It seems the federal government has no idea how long it takes to
develop these arts programs, and that once they are gone, they are gone.
The capacity for the country to continue to train a range of performers,
directors, musicians, artists, writers and curators will be dramatically
What is also so frustrating is the arts are excellent at job creation.
This is the mantra the government keeps repeating: they want to create
more jobs. But there is a bias to what sectors they will support.
Supported industry sectors seem to be generally male dominated, such as
construction, mining and agriculture. The arts and education sectors are
female dominated and ignored.
Alternatively, perhaps the government does not see the arts sector as a
natural supporter of the coalition parties — thus they may as well take
them out of the game.
Even provided with evidence about the impact of the creative and
cultural sector to the economy, as well as to the long term development
of the country’s capacity to adapt to contemporary needs, it seems the
arts and cultural sector is neither valued nor respected.
It is short-term thinking at best, creating a bleak and uninspiring
future for our young people."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics