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Congratulations Courtney Barnett

6 April 2016

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016

Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -

That this House:

1.      Acknowledges the prodigious rise from part time muso/bar tender to indie heroine of Tasmania’s music scene of Courtney Barnett in winning the APRA song writer of the year award;

2.      Notes that this follows on from her four Aria awards in 2015;

3.      Recognises that Ms Barnett’s ability to turn an everyday story into an international success is unparalleled;

4.      Acknowledges that the programmers of ‘A Festival Called Panama’ picked a winner for their 2015 festival when Ms Barnett headlined the event;

5.      Recognises that the government must restore arts funding to Tasmanian arts organisations in the wake of the shambolic cuts to the Australia Council to foster arts in Tasmania;

6.      Further, that this House:

a.      Calls for adequate funding to Tasmania’s state schools to ensure crowd funding does not become the go-to way to fund their Arts programmes and to provide for opportunities so that any young Courtney Barnetts on the island get their chance to shine.