Really, it’s hard to criticise The Green with a straight face when they come out with absolute nonsense like this. The Greens policy will now “allow artistic activities that provide community benefits to be eligible for Centrelink mutual obligation requirements”. The, so called, work for the dole elements will be able to be fulfilled artistically. http://www.greens.org.au/young-emerging-artists
But then if you can find the video of the launch yesterday (26th August – I cannot yet) you will find some idiot bloke flouncing round with coloured silk handkerchiefs before opening his shirt to reveal something about art written on his chest. I found it difficult to take in as I was weeping with laughter.
If we were, for a moment, to take The Greens seriously, then there is at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. I know taking them seriously is a big ask in this context, and it most of all feels like an echo of The Australian Democrats and their disastrous campaign launch under John Coulter, in a wizard outfit, incanting magic.
“Auction (Sun 16th June 2pm) a chance to buy some beautiful Tasmanian art
Join Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne and Senator Peter Wish-Wilson at The Greens’ upcoming art exhibition and auction, ‘Green Art 2013’. This is the Tasmanian Greens major fundraising event for the federal election campaign.
Over 60 well recognised Tasmanian Artists have generously donated work to this event. An exciting and diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, jewellery and ceramics are included thanks to a variety of established and emerging artists and craftspeople.”
In all seriousness, it is not a good look when artists are acknowledged as a major funder (they actually aren’t but that is a whole ‘nother story) and the quid pro quo is this sort of policy nonsense.