Federal election: candidate arts and cultural policies

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UPDATED. We asked candidates in the May 18 federal election about their policies on arts and culture. We’ve collated their responses for you.

We asked candidates in Calare, Parkes and Riverina electorates about key arts and cultural policy and funding issues, including the Regional Arts Fund and funding to Aboriginal arts programs.

Not the most overwhelming response, but we did try! If you also think these issues are important you might like to email the candidates too (addresses supplied below) and ask them for their positions.

The federal  election is on Saturday May 18
Input into the arts sector from federal government  is an important part of arts and culture policy and funding so we’re keeping an eye on who is standing and what policies they have regarding arts and culture.

Arts, culture and the creative industries are worth $45.89 billion per year to the Australian economy, the sector is growing 40% faster than the Australian economy as a whole, and 85% of Australians report that they regularly attend arts and cultural venues or events. We believe that arts and culture are a vital part of our communities, contributing culturally, socially and economically to the fabric of regional life.

Of particular concern to our sector this federal election is funding to the diminished Regional Arts Fund and to Aboriginal arts programs through the IVAIS and ILA (especially in NSW which has a high Aboriginal population but receives a proportionately small share of the federal funding). We’re also keen to hear how candidates might champion the frequently overlooked but highly valuable creative economy.

(You can read more about Regional Arts Australia’s ‘Vote 1 Regional Arts’ campaign to increase the Regional Arts Fund here).

(You can read the Performing Arts Exchange Australia election report card here)

We asked the candidates
We contacted all candidates (that we could access contact details for) in the Arts OutWest region: across the electorates of Calare, Riverina and Parkes.  We were able to contact 13 candidates and got responses from just two candidates across the three electorates. We have provided their responses in full below.

We asked them to articulate their/ their party’s policies on arts and culture.

Just to be clear
We are certainly not advocating for one party or candidate over another but we do aim to make your decisions easier by presenting what arts platforms have been developed and letting these policies speak for themselves.  We are not attempting to represent anything other than the candidates’ position on arts and culture, even though we know that most voters will be considering their vote based on a range of issues.

Arts OutWest will always continue to work with levels of government regardless of which party is in power and we will always advocate for our region.  We believe that arts and culture are a vital part of our communities, contributing culturally, socially and economically to the fabric of regional life.

What we asked

  1. What are your/ your party’s arts and culture policies?
  2. What do you think the priorities are in terms of supporting arts and  culture in your electorate?
  3. Would you / how would you advocate for increased funding to the Regional Arts Fund, IVAIS and ILS programs?

The Responses

In alphabetical order, by electorate

Calare

(which includes LGAs of Orange, Oberon, Bathurst, Lithgow, Blayney and Cabonne)

Stephen Bisgrove, Liberal Democrats

Unable to contact via email.

Beverly Cameron, United Australia Party

No response received by deadline. Calare@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au

Shuyi Chen, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Unable to contact via email.

Andrew Gee, Nationals

Automatic ‘thank you for your email’ reply. No other response. andrew.gee.mp@aph.gov.au

Jess Jennings, Labor

Jess Jennings / Labor answers as follows:
1. What are your/ your party’s arts and culture policies?
Labor is the party for the arts and has a proud history of delivering strong cultural policies – from Keating’s Creative Nation to Gillard’s Creative Australia.
Labor values regional arts and we know that the days where regional towns were just a stop on the touring circuit are long behind us. The stories, artistry and knowledge of artists and creators across all regions of the nation deserve be better supported.
A Shorten Labor Government will announce our full suite of arts policies as we get closer to the election – not long after this deadline! Stay tuned.
Labor’s last national cultural policy Creative Australia can be found here: https://www.tonyburke.com.au/arts/2017/7/17/creative-australia
Labor has already announced an exciting $28 million new live music policy, called Soundtrack Australia, which can be seen in detail here: https://alp.org.au/media/1484/181130-labors-music-policy-fs.pdf . The core elements are, over three years, as follows:
Sounds Australia – music exports and live music: $10 million
Community music hubs: $5 million
Youth music: $7.6 million
Mental health and music: $4.2 million
New recordings: $300,000
Music manager support: $750,000
Music teacher award: $600,000
Total $28.45 million
2. What do you think the priorities are in terms of supporting arts and culture in your electorate?
My priority is to see our community not just going to see and experience art but becoming a bigger and better creative hub that stakes a claim in the national art scene. To do this we need groups like AOW to be the best they can be, but more broadly provide artists, performers and creatives of all types with a sound platform for turning their visions and interpretations of contemporary life in rural Australia into practice.
3. Would you/ how would you advocate for increased funding to the Regional Arts Fund, IVAIS and ILS programs?
I would lobby for increased local arts infrastructure, eg, venues, museums, galleries etc that promote themes which reflect our identity in global context, as well as seek funding for developmental arts programs that identify, nurture and grow local talent, with an emphasis on keeping that talent in the electorate as much as possible. More funding for strategic partnerships between regionally-based arts organisations (within and beyond Calare) would be a great way to pursue and create art of all kinds in Calare.  Jess.Jennings@nswlabor.org.au

Update May 14: Renewing Creative Australia: Labor’s National Cultural Policy

Stephanie Luke, The Greens

No response received by deadline. calare@nsw.greens.org.au

Sam Romano, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

No response received by deadline. nswinfo@sff.net.au

Parkes

(Which includes the LGA of Lachlan)

Jack Ayoub, Labor

No response received by deadline. Jack.Ayoub@nswlabor.org.au

Mark Coulton, The Nationals

No response received by deadline. mark.coulton.mp@aph.gov.au

Daniel J Jones, Liberal Democrats

Unable to contact via email.

Will Landers, Independent

Unable to contact via email.

David Paull, The Greens

No response received by deadline.

Peter Van Der Streen, United Australia Party

No response received by deadline. Parkes@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au

Riverina

(which includes LGAs of Parkes, Forbes, Cowra, Weddin)

Michael Bayles, Greens

I enclose a link to the Greens Arts and Culture Policy where you can download our plan https://greens.org.au/platform/jobs#creative
The priorities in supporting arts and culture in this electorate are
Provision of multi-art making space/workshops placed equitably throughout the electorate to ensure arts making facilities are available to all.
All arts providers (theatre, galleries, museums etc) need sufficient funding to enable them to provide arts and cultural events that are affordable for all citizens to attend.
How we would advocate for increased funding to the Regional Arts Fund, IVAIS and ILS programs?
The arts are an essential component of any well functioning society as they provide for social cohesion and harmony.
All too often the arts and cultural activities are seen as the preserve of an elite in the capital/major cities when in fact they are equally important in regional areas. Often the ‘tyranny of distance’ can mean that regional residents do not get their fair share of arts activities and cultural events.
Well resourced arts activities and cultural events are essential to the sustainability of any harmonious society. riverina@nsw.greens.org.au

Richard Foley, United Australia Party

No response received by deadline. Riverina@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au

Mark Jefferson, Labor

No response received by deadline. mark.jeffreson@nswlabor.org.au

Michael McCormack, The Nationals

(Leader of the The Nationals). Automatic ‘thank you for your email’ reply. No other response received by deadline. michael.mccormack.mp@aph.gov.au

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