2016 Federal Election MEAA Arts Policies
MEAA members and the broader arts community have witnessed damaging cuts to arts funding in the current term of federal government. In particular, the Australia Council’s budget has been cut by over $100 million and Screen Australia has had $50 million cut. Budget forecasts give us no comfort that this regressive situation will be reversed.
For as long as these cuts are sustained and budgets not restored, this vital economic and cultural sector will wither and with it, the ability to maintain important cultural endeavours and enable the next generation of talented Australians to reach their potential, will be severely compromised.
The following policy and funding requests reflect MEAAs’ views about how the present dire situation can be addressed and the sector returned to a stable and productive path.