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2017-18 Budget

Budget 2017

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After appointing herself as the Shadow Minister for the ‘Cultural and Creative Industries’ (a long name for the Arts), Labor Leader Rebecca White has stumbled at the first hurdle and categorically failed to represent the interests of the sector throughout the important budget process.

Not only did she fail to even mention the Arts in her budget reply speech, last week during estimates Ms White showed her complete disinterest, lack of preparation and knowledge of a sector she is supposed to represent.

After repeating the same questions already asked in the Legislative Council Committee on issues outside the State’s jurisdiction and budget, Ms White has started very poorly in this portfolio.

Perhaps embarrassed by her lacklustre performance, Ms White did not even bother to contribute to the debate today on the Budget Estimates process in this Output.

The Arts sector deserves better and if Ms White won’t commit the time and effort required in this important portfolio, she should give it to someone who will.

By way of contrast, the Hodgman Liberal Government has increased funding to the Arts, building on our proud record of support for this thriving sector.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts