National Cultural Policy documents: strong emphasis on First Nations

PM’s speech.

Statement from PM and Minister Burke.

The full policy.

Commentary (and others linked from there).

I would ask the arts community to join with me in urging us to take forward those steps together later this year by joining the campaign for Yes to reconciliation, Yes to constitutional recognition, and Yes to a Voice to our Parliament.

And it is appropriate to talk about those issues at the beginning of the launch of Australia’s new cultural policy for the next five years – Revive.

Because for tens of thousands of years this land has been alive with stories, with song, with dance, with art.

Through the great immensity of time, First Nations people have mapped this landscape with songlines.

They are at the heart of this cultural roadmap.

(From the Prime Minister’s speech)

A difficult piece from Guy Rundle in Crikey (also in MSN) which questions whether First Nations can take all the weight being placed on them by the policy. Worth the read.

Frank Bongiorno in The Saturday Paper:

This is a cultural policy that seems desperate to be hip, popular, commercial and democratic – in short, to avoid anything that smacks of cultural snobbery.

Whatever one thinks of this emphasis, it is far better than no cultural policy at all – which has been the country’s fate for much of the past decade. Revive deserves the mainly positive reception it has so far received. We will have a better idea what it all amounts to in May, when the government delivers the most critical budget for the cultural sector this century.

Earlier material linked from our homepage under the heading ‘Cultural policy: why do some institutions do well while others rot?’

Update 13 February 2023: War Memorial is NOT moving out of the Defence/DVA portfolio. This part of national culture remains khaki tinged.

David Stephens

31 January 2023 updated

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