Senate and independent candidates pledge Arts support.

Centre Alliance, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and independents Kerryn Phelps and Zali Steggall have expressed their support for the Arts in the lead up to the election this Saturday. We welcome additional candidate updates.


Senate and independent candidates pledge Arts support.
Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Senate candidate for the Centre Alliance, South Australia, said,

‘We remain strong advocates for the vital importance of the Arts and remain alert to policy decisions that could negatively impact the sector.’

Senator Derryn Hinch, Senate candidate for and founder of the Justice Party said, ‘With my background, of course I support the Arts. I support the ABC. I don’t believe in cuts to the ABC and I am very keen on increased support for regional Australia – particularly for Victoria.’

Independent Candidates

Wentworth Electorate: In 2016, there were 10,682 people employed across cultural and creative occupations, which accounts for 13.1% of the total Wentworth electorate workforce, and at June 2017 there were 3,779 businesses within the cultural and creative industries.

Kerryn Phelps MP is running again as an independent for Wentworth. She has declared her support for government to invest in and support our dynamic arts industries, and recognises the urgent call for a roadmap for the Arts sector, and for the restoration of funding and transparency to the ABC.

‘It is imperative that there is focus on arts infrastructure, of touring to regional areas, of direct investment in Indigenous performers and of programs to support artist access to new markets’, said Kerryn.

In particular, Kerryn supports:

  • establishment of a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority
  • innovation through strategic seed investment in new ambitious works
  • positioning of more multi-year funded companies for growth to deliver a stronger and more diverse performing arts sector
  • increasing Australia Council project funding to support individual artists and reduce the level of unfunded excellence
  • increasing investment in regional performing arts engagement and touring
  • removing the efficiency dividend on government arts and culture organisations.

Further details can be found here.

Warringah Electorate: In 2016, there were 7,417 people employed across cultural and creative occupations in the Warringah electorate. They account for 9.2% of the total electorate workforce, compared to 3.9% of the national workforce. It is also home to hundreds of cultural and creative businesses, including 139 with turnovers above $2 million.

Zali Steggall is the independent candidate for the seat of Warringah. She wants to make the Arts more of a priority both nationally and locally, promising to champion local artists and improve access to the Arts for everyone.

She supports increased funding and the development of a detailed national Arts policy with a local focus to include:

  1. protection and adequate funding of the ABC, SBS and NITV
  2. a Music Commission, reporting to the Minister for the Arts, to redress the live music crisis
  3. targeted funding for smaller arts organisations, especially in areas of disadvantage
  4. local initiatives to develop opportunities for emerging artists in Warringah
  5. initiatives to celebrate Warringah’s history and Indigenous heritage.

Further details can be found here.

Further details can be found here.