We've got a lot in common.
I'm an artist / muso / writer / filmmaker / actor / game developer .. AKA Creative Person
Well this party is obviously for you, it was started by people just like yourself who believe we need more recognition and support for the things we create. We want to help you be more productive and more easily share it with your community and the world. We want to see a return to positioning Creative Australia at the centre of future planning for this country. We will support all measures that will enable you to get more done and get your output in front of as big an audience as possible. Rest assured we've got your interests at heart.
I love going to gigs / watching movies / dancing / reading
We want more local events happening, more films made and more participation. We want these to be more affordable and accessible for all. The audience is what all this art and creativity is about! We're developing policies to improve access to works, the cost of attending events and encouraging more local community activity - from night markets to theatre under the stars, concerts and gigs, film festivals and more.
I'm a parent
Two thirds of Australians say the arts have a big or very big impact on child development; a similar proportion believes the arts affect our ability to express ourselves and think creatively. We want to see creative activity - dance, music and art courses available in every Australian school, and consider them a key part of a well rounded education. Every school child should be able to attend a music class taught at least weekly by a trained music teacher if they you choose it, to sing and to play a musical instrument as part of their education.
Artistic and creative activity is an essential part of ongoing human development at any age, as is access to lifelong learning opportunity for all Australians. Numerous reports have shown that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are usually more proficient at reading, writing and maths.
Art also helps develop both independence and collaboration in students. It improves academic achievement holistically - enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking. Art crosses racial, cultural and social barriers, which again creates a better environment in our schools for learning. It also improves concentration skills for many students who would struggle otherwise.
Every Australian business nowadays, no matter how big or small, needs to be creative in their ideas and innovative in their execution to survive - that’s a given. Whatever the business, investing in yourself and your staff is the best way to improve your competitiveness. It's also a great analogy for this party and country:
CEO & CFO Discussion
- CEO: We need to train up our staff, it'll help the business!
- CFO: What if we spend money, train them up and they leave?
- CEO: What if we don't and they stay?
Australia’s creative industries contribute $90bn a year to Australia’s economy, while employing over 600,000 Australians. The vast majority of these are SMEs employing less than 50 people. Yet the economic value of our creative industries has been dropping each year for over a decade. It’s not because we’re less creative but rather we’re less competitive. Any venture capitalist who wants to invest in an Australian start-up ‘expects’ them to relocate to Silicon Valley, as they consider being based in Australia a major impediment to success! We need to turn this around.
To become the creative, innovative and imaginative citizens that our companies and governments want us to be, Australians need to willingly expose themselves to new ideas, new ways of thinking. A vibrant arts and culture community is the easiest way to make this possible. Affordable lifelong learning opportunities is the next key step. And of course the right tax structures to encourage this development.
I live in the country
We believe Communities in regional Australia should receive an equalising share of the government funding dollar when compared to their city counterparts. It's only fair.
For country people, there’s simply not the same level of access to art and cultural activity as is often taken for granted in cities. It’s a social glue that unites smaller communities. It gives the young positive activities, creates bridges between disparate communities of Australians, generates jobs, income, infrastructure investment and tourism. It would also help the often serious mental health issues faced by many Australians in the country.
Just as it does in any community, a vibrant arts sector attracts and retains professional people to regional communities too.
I'm a student / teacher
Affordable lifelong learning should be a right of every Australian, not a luxury. It's great that you're investing in your own future, and your country's future, by studying. And you should definitely not be saddled with ridiculous debt as a result of doing it. As a teacher you're one of the most important and influential people in our society for moulding both young and old into more productive, creative and useful citizens.
An education is not a selfish act, it is a personal and communal investment and should be recognised as such. Have a read of our specific principle about this, the importance of Investing in Knowledge as a country. It's frankly the best way to prepare ourselves for the uncertainties of the future.
I love sport
Sport is a fantastic communal activity and we completely support it, particularly getting involved and playing yourself. Keep fit, swim, walk, run, play team games, the health benefits are undeniable. Supporting a team is another way of bringing us together and a great game is filled with great performances, drama and excitement. We just want to see other cultural, artistic and creative activities get the same level of support from our governments as sport does. That's only fair.
I want law and order!
It’s been shown across Australia and the world, that areas and neighbourhoods which embrace an artistic and cultural scene, regenerate faster than others socially and economically, attracting new businesses and new residents. They also record drops in crime levels! Prosperity is the best way to tackle crime, not prisons. A community that prospers and shares that prosperity with its members is happier and safer. Students who attend schools that offer access to a range of art courses are statistically much less likely to get into trouble with the law than those who attended schools without an art education opportunity. So who wants an arts scene?!
What about mental health and disabilities?
By supplementing medicine and care, artistic activity can improve the health of people who experience mental or physical health problems. This has been widely researched and confirmed. Some of the benefits are:
- Inducing positive mental and physical changes in clinical outcomes
- Reducing drug consumption
- Shortening length of hospital stay
- Promoting better doctor-patient relationships
- Improving mental healthcare
- Increasing staff retention and professional development
The relationship is most pronounced around musical engagement, creating visual art, movement/dance and writing. Did you know nearly half of Australians living with disabilities are regularly creating art? That’s an increase from 35 percent in 2009.