So. The election is tomorrow. Whilst my vote has been secured by the lovely Bob Brown, I thought it would be interesting to take a peek at the Greens, Labor & Liberal election policies on The Arts.
Their election policy is quite extensive and can be seen here:
Some points of relevance to me:
16. support and adequately resource the Australia Council as the principal independent body for policy development and administration of arts grants programs.
19. support the expansion of the Commonwealth Art Bank – Art Rental program with a focus on emerging artists.
24. introduce a fixed term income support scheme for emerging artists.
25. enable emerging artists to access small business start-up grants and schemes.
The Labor Arts policy is slightly vague but is very extensive, it can be viewed:
Points resonating with me were -
# Federal Labor believes there is great potential for increased and broader support for the arts, particularly through boosting philanthropy and private sector support.
# Labor will continue to build on the Australia Council's efforts to streamline the delivery of arts funding and identify and advance the next stage of evolution of our funding models, reframing how we view the role of the arts and the artists who produce work.
The Liberal Arts policy made me amused and annoyed. It can be viewed:
Their entire policy revolves around -
1. Promote the development of the arts in regional areas
2. Support local film production
3. Introduce a musical instrument loan scheme