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Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Page: 5538

Mr PERRETT (MoretonGovernment Whip) (18:55): Before putting a question to the minister, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of his predecessor, Minister Crean, as he did also. With the member for Parramatta, I convene the Labor Friends of the Arts, so I have worked with the previous minister, Minister Crean, and had a great function the other day with Minister Burke. Minister, my question is: in this modern world of social media and changing links around the world, how are we going to tell Australian stories and help define Australian culture—that vast, shifting Australian culture? What are the economic opportunities associated with that? Can you tell us about the new money contained in the budget for the reform of the Australia Council, which is the Australian government's principal arts funding body? Could you also touch on this exciting new program, the Creative Young Stars Program?