Monday, October 15, 2012

The money question - the value of Art (part two)

For all LNP's gas about inheriting secret debt and saving money, $240K is peanuts (Particularly when $2.5 mil is pledged to renovating Government house, but that's another post). I totally believe this government is genuine in their goal of reaching budget surplus, but these blind cost-cuttings seem ill-advised, ill-structured, and ill-considered.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The value of Art

As the first arts-related movement of a conservative government (with a hazy track record regarding the arts), it was a bold move. Many community leaders voiced concerns that this heralded the return of the 'Joh' days. I think this is a bit of a stretch. This action wasn't a move to punish the arts or artists, but an ill-advised cost-cutting move. What it does suggest is that yet again the arts community will be forced to prove its worth, and particularly, its monetary value.