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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 632

Mr ELLICOTT (Wentworth) (Minister for Home Affairs) - There is a need for a mixture of people on the Australia Council, including those who are young, vibrant and full of change. On the other hand there is a lot to be said for the view that once a person is a creative artist he remains a creative artist and it is very difficult for him to say: 'I have ceased to be an artist'. They tend to be like that for the rest of their lives even though they may have had to give up their singing or whatever it may have been. My experience of artistic people is that they tend to be that way. It is not something of which they divest themselves. The experience that older artists can bring to bear can be just as great. I hesitate to refer to any of the members of the Australia Council- those appointed during my ministry - as older artists as they might take offence, but I certainly believe that there are on the Council at the moment artists of considerable experience who are older than many other artists but who are able to be vibrant and to bring a sense of creativity to what the Council is doing. They are the sorts of people who I think ought to be in the mix of the Council's numbers.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report - by leave - adopted.

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