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Statement on death of Robert Adamson

My heart goes out to the family, friends and members of our literature community as we mourn the loss of one of Australia’s greatest poets and publishers, Robert Adamson, aged 79.

16 December 2022

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First Nations voices to deepen national cultural identity

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to amplifying the voices of experienced and diverse First Nations peoples at all levels of our arts, entertainment and cultural sectors.

16 December 2022

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Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate creative excellence

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognises the best of Australian literature and celebrates writing as a valuable cultural and intellectual influence.

13 December 2022

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Protecting traditional knowledge and cultural expressions through arts and crafts

For too long, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and businesses have been disadvantaged by the sale of inauthentic arts and crafts, which leads to cultural and economic harm.

13 December 2022

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Exhibitions on tour to boost regional arts and culture

The Albanese Labor Government has committed more than $1.1 million to support six innovative art exhibitions across regional and remote communities through the latest round of the Visions of Australia Program.

09 December 2022

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Old Parliament House Board enriched with experience

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced the reappointment of Mr Bernard Wright AO as the Deputy Chair of the Old Parliament House Board for a further two‑year term.

08 December 2022

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Board appointments to enhance telling Australian stories

The Albanese Labor Government is today strengthening Australian storytelling – announcing the appointments of Ms Marta Dusseldorp, Ms Sacha Horler and Mr Nicholas Pickard as members of the Screen Australia Board, each for…

22 November 2022

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Returning First Nations ancestors back to Country

The Australian Government continues to secure the return of Aboriginal ancestors to their rightful custodians – with six ancestors to be repatriated to Australia from the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony in Germany.

17 November 2022

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors returned home from the United Kingdom

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to international repatriation, the remains of 18 First Nations ancestors from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum in the United Kingdom will…

10 November 2022

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists announced for 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, have today announced the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists.

07 November 2022

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Experienced voices to safeguard our diverse national stories

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Mr Benedict (Ben) Maguire as the Chair, and Professor Clare Wright OAM as a member, of the Council of the National Museum of Australia (Museum).

06 November 2022

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Purrumpa address
SUBJECTS: First Nations arts and culture, National Cultural Policy

01 November 2022


Game on: Digital Games Tax Offset to transform Australian industry

The Albanese Labor Government is backing in the digital games sector by introducing legislation to establish a Digital Games Tax Offset in the coming months.

28 October 2022

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Arts sector centre stage on Budget night

The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to a better future for Australia’s creative talent.

25 October 2022

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Support for live Australian music festivals

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $20 million Live Music Australia program, with $2.5 million in targeted funding available to assist with the rising costs of organising and hosting music festivals in…

19 October 2022

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