Monday, May 12, 2008

Creative Australia?

Here’s a brief summary article about the recent 2020 Australia Summit. One of the ten subjects covered was ‘Creative Australia’. A diverse group of ‘creatives’ was invited (including Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett) to meet with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Though the government claims that the culture is one of the “critical areas’ of Australia’s future, critics claim that the whole event was a crude publicity stunt designed to validate the PM’s existing positions. As the article concludes “In terms of harvesting ideas, it was a brilliant success. What remains to be seen is whether the Australian government will use them as more than decoration.”

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