Australian arts support package expected after talks with Scott Morrison

The support under consideration includes assistance with startup costs to help artists resume touring as public health restrictions ease, and a dedicated grants fund to help entertainment businesses replenish their capital after the economic devastation created by Covid-19. Morrison told reporters on Thursday he was not going to be rushed into any decisions, but he gave a broad hint workers were more likely to be given income support through a welfare payment than a wages subsidy once the transition is executed. He told parliament during question time the government was “working night and day to ensure we get the right balance of income supports, job programs, employment services, skills training, cash flow assistance, tax reductions, lower regulation and more infrastructure spending”.