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Artists gather at PM's office: Call for Brandis' removal, appoint himself instead

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Artists and arts groups opposed to the current Arts Minister George Brandis’ ill-conceived cuts to the Australia Council will gather at Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney electorate office today at 2pm. They will call for Brandis’ sacking and the appointment of Turnbull himself as arts minister — a move which is possibly a first for Australian politics.
“We think Malcolm Turnbull would make a terrific arts minister,” Tamara Winikoff, the executive director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) told Daily Review. “If the PM actually took on the arts portfolio, in one fell swoop this action could profoundly change the way Australians value the arts and culture. It could change everything,” she said.
“We are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene to fix the arts mess by returning to the Australia Council all the funding removed in the last two years and by appointing a new Arts Minister.”
The protest has been organised by the Free The Arts group, NAVA and individual artists in Sydney. They will gather outside Turnbull’s office at 287-289 New South Head Rd,  Edgecliff at 2pm.
Illustration: Michael Agzarian

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