h/t Tim Andews, so much shit happening in Canberra that this waste of money almost got under the radar.
Creative Australia, the new national cultural policy, will create jobs and encourage a new generation of artists and creative industry business with sweeping reforms to Australian Government support for the arts, cultural heritage and creative industries.
Arts Minister Simon Crean today launched Creative Australia, a $235 million vision and strategy to place arts and culture at the centre of modern Australian life.
“Creative Australia is about creating excellence, creating jobs, creating prosperity, creating opportunity and creating unique Australian stories—all vital to an outward looking, competitive and confident nation,” Mr Crean said.
“I’ve long held a passion for the arts. It’s not just the enjoyment they bring, I see the artist as central to us a nation and to securing its future.
“Creative Australia, the first national cultural policy for nearly 20 years, recognises that we must update our strategies because of the major changes sweeping through the cultural sector with digital communication and because more and more Australians are actively participating in cultural activities.
“The cultural sector—the arts, cultural heritage and the creative industries—must have the skills, resources, and resilience to play an active role in Australia’s future.
So what was the spinoff from that Festival of Creative Ideas that Kevin floated in Canberra a few years ago?