He said a Coalition Government's approach would be based on six key principles: excellence, integrity, artistic freedom, self-confidence, sustainability and accessibility.
He made the point that those who shape our arts policy should never be afraid of promoting artistic excellence.
'The identification of the celebration of excellence with the defence of elitism is both self-limiting and ignorant. A nation which can boast some of the great artists, arts companies and arts administrators of the world should not be self-conscious or embarrassed about embracing excellence as a core value of our cultural polic,' he said.
He also said a Coalition Government would re-establish the Australian International Cultural Council – abolished by Labor – to revive the international dimension of our cultural policies.
And funding, he said, should be structured to encourage commercial success, with an increasing role for private philanthropy in supporting the operation, in particular, of performing arts companies.
Read Senator Brandis's speech here.