Today, artists from across Australia are joining together to take part in a one-day action to demand that the Australian Government acts now to #CreateAustraliasFuture.

Leading Australian artists including John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Rachael Maza, Richard Roxburgh, Sally Smart and Julia Zemiro are speaking to the public and to the government via social media, using the hashtag #CreateAustraliasFuture. It is expected that thousands of others will join them.

Julia Zemiro. Photograph courtesy of Adelaide Cabaret Festival

“Australia’s cultural and creative sector is a $111.7bn industry: six times the size of the aviation industry, employing substantially more people than mining, and with several interdependent industries whose success relies on ours, including hospitality and tourism,” said Jessica Machin, Executive Director of West Australian Ballet.

The majority of Australia’s 50,000 practising professional artists and 600,000 creative industry workers will not be covered by stimulus measures announced to date, either because of their casual working arrangements, or because their employers’ complex cashflows render them ineligible to access workers’ support on their behalf.

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