It’s a very scary time for the arts in Australia. This is a pretty great argument for continued support and funding, rather than dismissal and apathy.
Below is an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Minister for Arts George Brandis, in protest against the cuts to arts funding in the most recent budget. This has been published in the Guardian, Meanjin and Overland, among others. If you would like to sign the letter, please comment on the Meanijn site, so your name can be added to a letter sent to parliament.
The Southerly editorial team.
Dear Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Minister for Arts George Brandis,
We view with dismay the many proposed changes to health, education and welfare support announced in the 2014 budget, and fear that the consequences these changes are likely to have will be dire for our most vulnerable citizens: the young, the elderly, the disadvantaged and Indigenous Australians.
We also strongly object to the reduction in arts funding, specifically the Australia Council’s…
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