Federal Public Service Restructure

We are deeply concerned that the Prime Minister’s announced public service restructure devalues the $111 billion arts industry that is so important in the lives of everyday Australians. It is the arts that tells their stories, through music, theatre, dance and the myriad of performing artforms, and connects Australians with other cultures, both past and present, deepening understanding and creativity. These are essential attributes for today’s Australia, building a better future in education, social cohesion and national identity.

Federal Public Service Restructure

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The loss of senior counsel with deep sector knowledge, such as Mike Mrdak, without consulting the Department or the sector, indicates a disregard for the importance of the Arts for Australians.

We urgently seek reassurance from the Prime Minister that his Government will continue to engage the Arts sector in policy discussion and analysis, currently underway with the Minister for Communications and the Arts Paul Fletcher MP.

We would hope that the Arts will be included in the departmental title and that we will have an opportunity to brief the new departmental Secretary as soon as possible.

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