We don’t need to wait for political parties to release formal arts and cultural policies when their unwritten policies are hiding in plain sight.
The moment an election is called, the arts community starts looking for the policy statements that will distinguish the parties and highlight the candidates worth supporting.
Given there’s never been a bipartisan approach to arts and cultural policy that has survived a Federal election, Australia’s election outcomes can have substantial impacts – on how artists live and work, on arts education and training, on intellectual property protections and local broadcast content requirements, on the risks organisations can take, and on all the ways audiences can access creative work.
So what happens when there’s nothing there to find? How best to work out where candidates stand?…
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