For what it’s worth, reproduced are my comments in response to the consultation process and online forum initiated by the Australian Government over its development of a ‘national cultural policy’. The response has been made in relation to one of three questions asked by Australia’s Arts Minister, Peter Garrett (of former Midnight Oil fame).
Note: Some of the cultural concepts mentioned like ‘tall poppies’ and ‘knockers’ may only make sense to other Australians.
What do you think should be priorities for a national cultural policy?
1. Cultural policy?
First, what is culture? ‘Culture/s’ flow from the energies and dynamics of activated, lively and self aware communities. The better the values fostered within a community, the bette…