Politics

People Are Furious After Scott Morrison Merged Arts Into The Transport Department

"How good is art on trains?"

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Wondering what Scott Morrison’s vision of Australia is?

Well, it doesn’t include the arts and it doesn’t include a standalone environmental department — which is speaking volumes about where the government’s priorities lie.

He’s tried to convince people it’s not a huge ideological (and cost-cutting) move by saying it will cut red tape and lead to better services, but most aren’t buying it.

The federal arts department has disappeared, and is being merged into the new Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Yes, seriously.

Although, as some have sarcastically pointed out, they’re not totally unrelated.

The importance of arts are often understated. In 2016 then-education Minister Simon Birmingham described some creative arts as “lifestyle choices”.

Well, according to the government’s own figures those lifestyle choices contribute $111.7 billion to our economy.

The shake up will also see the Department of Environment absorbed into the new Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The responsibility of emissions reduction will also be split from the environmental portfolio to the new Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

The announcement came on the same day that #climateemergency was trending across Australia.

People Are Furious At Funding Cuts

Departmental merges are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s pissing people off today.

This morning Scott Morrison was forced to justify paying $345,000 to TV tradie Scott Cam; at the same time, he defended cutting funds to Australia’s only national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of family violence and sexual assault.

The National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS) operated on $244,000 a year.