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Question Without Notice No. 243 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 March 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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CORONAVIRUS — CULTURE AND THE ARTS

243. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Culture and the Arts:

Thank you, Madam President. I refer to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the Western Australian arts sector.

(1) Has the minister communicated with the federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to discuss further funding to support the state's arts sector; and, if yes, what further support did the federal minister indicate?

(2) Can the minister please advise what state funding is available for the Western Australian arts sector, and can the minister please advise how this funding will support all arts workers, including causal and freelance, during this pandemic?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) A teleconference has been scheduled for this week between the federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and the states' arts ministers.

(2) The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is aware of the impact on the WA arts and cultural sector and is working with the sector to quantify short, medium and longer term responses. Budgeted funding of the arts sector is still in place and funding agreements are being modified to allow for these circumstances and to maintain employment. The department has established appropriate communication with central government to allow timely decisions to be taken in support of the sector.