Indigenous artists not been invited to a dinner at the Prime Minister’s Lodge aimed at easing concerns about how the arts sector has been treated under Labor.
The Prime Minister’s office assembled two dozen performing arts leaders for the meeting however no guests at the April 23rd sit-down were indigenous.
Aden Ridgeway, the former Australian Democrats senator and chairman of the internationally renowned Bangarra Dance
Theatre, says these dinners rarely occur and it was vital for a leader to canvass broad range of views.
Mr Ridgeway said the omission sent the message the Prime Minister's office considered indigenous companies a niche concern.