Why do arts and culture matter to Australia? You may as well ask about the meaning of life

What do arts and culture mean to Australia – and to our economy?

It’s an awkward way to ask about the meaning of life. It’s also the question at the heart of a parliamentary inquiry that closed for submissions on Thursday. Politicians and bureaucrats are working their way through many hundreds of contributions on how much we value our own culture – and what they should do about it.

Because right now Covid-19 is causing the most perilous disruption to our cultural life in generations. We can’t get to the shows and the gigs and the festivals that invigorate us, and everyone who makes them faces an uncertain future…

>>> Read on in the Guardian