In March WSB held off 'publishing' comment about the Turnbull government's response to the arts sector - it now seems timely to do so.
Few expected the Turnbull Government to be worse for the arts than the Abbott one, but it is. The effect of its first mid-year budget update and its new efficiency dividends for the next four years will cripple the federally funded cultural institutions. Such cuts are not sustainable and operations and functions of the national cultural institutions stand to be affected, in some cases irreversibly.
- theconversation.com/friday-essay-silver-tongued-turnbull-fails-to-woo-t...15 hours ago - The arts sector is in crisis and while many hoped the TurnbullGovernment would mark a new, enlightened beginning, this has not happened.
Below is today's email from the National Association for the Visual Arts.