Federal Senate Inquiry 2015


Cairns arts organisations came together with one voice to bring Senate Inquiry to Cairns!

Find out more about the National Senate Committee investigating the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts.  See the transcripts, hear the presentations  + more

Thank you to all those that presented evidence and attended the Senate hearings into the Arts, held in Cairns on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at the Shangrilla Hotel.

Full transcript available here
Excerpt videos of each presentation here
An estimated 2,260 submissions from the sector across the nation were received to the inquiry and are available here

Key architect of the Excellence Program to advise Turnbull on arts.  The news that Michael Napthali will become the Prime Minister’s arts adviser has dismayed many in the cultural sector.

On the 16 June 2015, a Senate inquiry into the Arts was initiated in federal parliament when the following was referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:
  1. the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts; and
  2. the suitability and appropriateness of the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to be administered by the Ministry for the Arts

In response on 1 July, a group of key FNQ Arts organisations made a direct request to Warren Entsch MP to receive a delegation. Not only did Mr Entsch give us his time, he also arranged for the delegation to meet the Arts Minister, George Brandis MP himself, at Warren’s Cairns office.  It is believed that this was the only meeting with the small-2-medium sector the Minister has had.   The conversation was candid and revealing with all parties having an opportunity to share their thoughts.

From this meeting, a letter was then sent directly to the Senate Committee requesting that along with the capital cities already scheduled for hearings, it would be appropriate to have a sitting of the Senate hearings in a regional location to hear regional perspectives on the impacts of the budget decisions. The letter suggested Cairns as an ideal regional location, given the distance from the capital and the demonstrated collaboration and strength of the local sector.

Incredibly, we were successful with that request and a sitting has now been scheduled for Cairns. Presenters are being contacted by the Senate committee to present their story at the hearing.  Arts Nexus has been selected to present our evidence and are proud to represent our region and members.  For more details go to website.

Thank you to all those that attended to support those brave and committed to giving evidence.  And a special thanks to Eve Stafford for having the vision to suggest that we even participate, let alone consider advocating to have our own sitting.
FNQ Arts sector delegation meet with the Minister for the Arts on 16 July 2015. (R-L) Warren Entsch MP (host), George Brandis MP, Brett Evans (IACA), Melissa Robertson (Arts Nexus), Leigh Boswell (The Young Company) and Suellen Maunder (JUTE)For current information go to Facebook #FreeTheArts

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