Brandis begets a Bloodbath in the Arts

Brandis begets a Bloodbath in the Arts

The Arts provide one of the most important and significant ways through which people pass on culture, share stories of triumph and disaster, offer new ideas and attitudes, expose falsities and injustices, explore and develop creativity, beautify the world, communicate thoughts, ideas and inner most feelings. Arts provide entertainment as well as mind soothing and mind expanding experiences and escapism.

I am sure that you could add to that list, for the Arts are, in various ways, integrated into the very fabric of every community and society.

Sadly, in Australia in recent years, funding and promotion of the Arts has suffered and the interference of government in dictating what and how the Arts should be funded has increased.  Most recently there have been attacks on the Australian Arts Council funding and independence by both the Abbott and Turnbull governments, in particular the decisions and actions of the previous Arts Minister, George Brandis, the very minister who ought to have ensured a thriving of the Arts and equity across the sector.

George Brandis will be contesting the Queensland Senate election for the Coalition.

I will also be contesting the Queensland Senate election, but as a true Independent and advocate for the Arts, Arts independence and Arts funding.

The following piece from the Daily Review summarises the impact of the changes introduced by George Brandis.

Source: Editorial: Brandis begets a Bloodbath in the arts | Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more.

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