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NIKOLIC'S FALSE COMMENTS ON ARTS FUNDING

24 Jul 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITORS: MULTI-YEAR ARTS FUNDING

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Arts spokesperson

Dear Editor

Is Andrew Nikolic serious?

He recently defended the NPEA and changes to art funding stating that the “measures are not a cut in funding to the arts portfolio, but simply broadening the access to funding”. This statement, as well as his insinuation that regional communities would benefit, is completely misleading, if not false.

A total of $105m will be diverted from the portfolio to projects preferred by Minister Brandis, none of which will be in northern Tasmania.  In fact, it is very likely that the only organisation funded in Tasmania under the NPEA will be the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The lack of consultation is evident in this funding model, and preferencing the works of long dead men over living local artists, as well as the general destabilising of the arts sector, is deplorable.