Media Release

21 April 2016

Victoria: Labor’s Hollow Arts Announcement

Thursday 21 April 2016

Labor’s Hollow Arts Announcement

After 18 months as the minister, Martin Foley continues to mismanage the arts, with no vision for the sector.

Labor’s “Creative State” Arts announcement is a hollow sham designed to get a headline, but not to grow the sector or create jobs.

Martin Foley is wasting taxpayer money on poorly targeted and thought out arts programs, while more important initiatives are overlooked and ignored.

Many of the “Creative State” 40 action points are also hollow, including:

–        Funding already announced previously, including $20m from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which was allocated in last year’s budget ;

–        counting “renewed” projects as new initiatives;

–        counting “renewed” funding as new money;

–        including ongoing former coalition Government programs as “new” action items; and

–        listing thought bubble ideas without any ability to implement them.

None of the money is attached to performance KPIs, delivery targets, or tangible outcomes for investment and jobs growth in Victoria.

However, the coalition is pleased to see that “Creative State” does acknowledge many projects commenced by the previous Coalition Government have been deemed best practice by Labor, and included in the document as ongoing items.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria MP:

“Labor’s Arts announcement is a hollow sham designed to get a headline, but not to grow the sector or create jobs.”

“We all want to see funding for the Arts, but taxpayers expect us to spend money well, and have a plan for that spending.  Labor is throwing cash around without any plan to grow the sector.”

“Daniel Andrews has no plan for growing the film sector in Victoria, other than an announcement with a catchy name.”