19 October, 2020
Much has been said in this place about the dire state of affairs of the arts and entertainment sector. Like many of my parliamentary colleagues, I've been advocating on behalf of local constituents who have been devastated by the sudden and far-reaching closures impacting the arts industry. Overnight, they were left without income, without social interaction, without purpose and, for too many, without hope. The resounding message I have heard is that they feel let down and forgotten by this government.
Last Thursday, I was so pleased to be able to attend the opening of Les Sculpture Refusees at the Q Station in Manly. This exhibition features 11 installations by some of Australia's best sculptors. Whilst the iconic Sculpture by the Sea has had to be postponed, this exhibition will be in full display to the public until 19 November. I'd particularly like to thank the artists, Tania McMurtry and Simon Hodgson, who had the vision to suggest this exhibition and the dedication to make it happen. I thank the management and staff of Q Station in Manly, the very original quarantine station, for their warm and enthusiastic support of the arts. I also congratulate Anthony Battaglia, who was awarded Most Outstanding Work for his sculpture Without End. I encourage everyone to visit Q Station and see this exhibition. Again, I urge the government to put in place a more comprehensive rescue package for the arts sector.