Christos Tsiolkas appointed to expert panel focused on shaping Australia’s ‘cultural policy’

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Popular novelist, Christos Tsiolkas, has been appointed by the federal Labor government to help shape Australia’s new ‘cultural policy.’

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Tsiolkas will form part of a seven-person expert advisory group including arts philanthropist Janet Holmes a Court, historian Clare Wright, Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette, writer Alysha Herrmann, choreographer Sinsa Mansell, and visual artist Kitty Taylor.

The group will “provide overarching strategic advice” as it seeks to develop Australia’s new National Cultural Policy.

Christos Tsiolkas.

The new policy will reportedly be based on five pillars including the need for more Indigenous stories, tackling local content quotas, appropriate income for creatives, strengthening cultural institutions, and producing culture that leaves no audience sector behind.

The expert panel will sift through public consultations and 1,200 public submissions to “identify key issues and themes” in the arts sector, before tabling its report by December.

The Federal Government is hoping to have legislation drafted by the first half of 2023.

READ MORE: Greek Australian author Christos Tsiolkas honoured on The List: 100 Arts and Culture 2022.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

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