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Chamber of Arts and Culture Issue Questions Without Notice

The Chamber of Arts and Culture has issued a list of questions to political parties on there plans in the lead up to the West Australian 2013 election.

As the countdown continues to the March State Election, Western Australia’s major political parties have been asked to declare their positions on key issues facing the arts and culture sector in the State.

The Liberals, Nationals, Labor and Greens have been asked a series of questions by the State’s peak representative body for the arts, The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, covering future funding and the level of commitment to specific projects.

“Arts and culture makes an ongoing and vital contribution to the development of our State both in social and economic terms, it is therefore important for our politicians to clearly demonstrate not only a commitment to the arts but place on the record their positions on key issues for the long term development and "health" of the sector,” Chamber Chair Sam Walsh said.

The questions posed to each party include:

  • Do you have an arts policy for the 2013 election? If so when will it be released for question and comment?
  • Will you commit to an increase in baseline funding to arts and culture in WA?
  • Will you commit to re-introducing indexation of funding to arts organisations, and if so when will it come into effect?
  • Can you advise the timeframe your government would commit to for the full design and construction of the new Western Australian Museum project?
  • Will you commit to a new annual allocation of $3 million from the Royalties for Regions Fund to the Department of Culture and the Arts for dissemination to regional arts and culture programs?
  • Will you commit to developing a medium to long term arts and culture infrastructure plan for WA?
  • What is you approach to the development of a National Indigenous Cultural Centre in Western Australia?

Mr Walsh said the questions complemented the work The Chamber had already done in framing its submission for the 2013 State Budget.

"Our message to any incoming government is that there needs to be increased investment in the human capability of our arts and cultural sector to deliver quality outcomes to the people of Western Australia," Mr Walsh said.

Mr Walsh said The Chamber would publish the answers provided by the political parties who would also be asked to participate in a debate to be scheduled ahead of the State Election.

The #wa2013vote website will be kept online so politicians promises and statements can be checked until the end of next WA election in 2017, and after.