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16 July 2015

Senate Inquiry: AMC's submission

Senate Inquiry: AMC's submission

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, and the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, need to be made by tomorrow, Friday 17 July. As indicated in our earlier article, the AMC encourages our members and represented artists to express their views in a submission to the Senate Inquiry, so that a broad range of perspectives can be considered.

You can now also read the AMC's own submission, lodged today 16 July 2015.

Inquiry terms of reference and contact information can be found on the Parliament of Australia website (see also below). You could address all of the terms of reference listed, or choose just one or two that you have some experience with. Draft guidelines for the NPEA program are availble here.

Your submission could include:

• your credentials (as an independent artist or other arts professional, representative of an organisation, audience member, arts supporter, arts educator, etc.)
• comments you want to make about the Commonwealth Government's budget decisions in 2014 and 2015 - for a summary, see for instance the National Association for the Visual Arts website and this news article on Resonate.
• the rationale for your views
• the potential impact of these budget decisions on the arts and/or your role in the arts
• your experience in/of the arts.

You can read examples of the submissions already made on the Parliament of Australia website. Note that there is a delay before submissions become available on the website, and many submissions received over the last couple of days are not yet included in the list.

Submissions can be emailed to legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

You can ask to speak at or attend the Senate Inquiry Committee public hearings. The dates and locations for these hearings will be confirmed shortly. Committee contact numbers are: phone +61 2 6277 3560 and fax +61 2 6277 5794.

The Committee reporting date is 15 September 2015.


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