Cut the crap about arts funding, just grant us access: @burgewords comments on #ArtsBlackFriday

Australian artists will never be silenced by cuts to funding. MUCH is being made of this week’s wholesale cuts to arts funding in Australia. We knew it was coming, it’s shocking to witness, but does it mean anything to the average Australian artist? Well, if you’re an independent Australian artist, probably not. There is a simple reason for this, and it’s going to be hard for many commentators and readers to accept: for decades now, arts in Australia have been funded in a trickle-down manner that Margaret Thatcher would be proud of. I’m an artist who practices several art forms. I am a fiction and non-fiction author, playwright and painter, and […]

Fossil fuel growth centre funded while silence on Mission Innovation global commitment reports @takvera

On the opening day of the Paris Climate conference our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a stylish but lacklustre speech with few new initiatives, announced support for the Mission Innovation multi-country program to research, develop and commercialise clean energy systems. “Today Australia joins with many other countries in supporting Mission Innovation which aims to double investment in clean energy innovation over the next five years.” said Turnbull on November 30 at the Leaders Forum in COP21. Eight days later Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reiterated the same message of accelerating research, development and demonstration of clean energy. “The private sector will lead the way on developing the new technologies that will […]