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More than 2200 submissions lodged to senate inquiry into arts cuts

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Over 2260 submissions to the Senate inquiry into federal arts funding decisions have been received, according to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). The Senate inquiry was launched in the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis’ recent sweeping changes to the funding environment.
However, due to the high volume of responses it will reportedly take over two weeks for the submissions to be processed and uploaded for the public by the Senate Committee Secretariat. Currently only 93 have been uploaded.
The inquiry website states that “the publication of submissions is not an automated process and there can be a delay of several days between a submission being provided and it being published”.
According to Executive Director of NAVA Tamara Winikoff, the long processing time is due to the secretariat only having one person allocated to the task. Each submission must be read thoroughly to make sure it is appropriate before being uploaded for public viewing.
Various people and bodies around the world have contributed their written submissions including artists, educators, art patrons and representatives from arts organisations.
The Senate inquiry was created after federal Arts Minister George Brandis announced his plan to take $105 million from the Australia Council budget to fund his National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA). There are significant concerns that smaller organisations and independent artists will be hit hard by the changes.
The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is now investigating the NPEA, and organised the inquiry as a platform for individuals and organisations to voice their opinions about the budget.
The reporting date is still listed as September 15 despite the delayed processing time of submissions.

One response to “More than 2200 submissions lodged to senate inquiry into arts cuts

  1. I am not sure that a self serving govt funded lobby group for the arts such as NAVA is a reliable source of information about arts funding. They are exactly the kind of organisation that could be de-funded to benefit artists and small arts organisations

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