Deborah Stacey, Ballina

Of all the analogies you chose Toni, in your criticism as to why the Arts sector were not subsidised during the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it’s a bit rich you used a young part-time supermarket worker as your example of inequality. I fully agree the Arts sector should be helped during this time, but saddened by your choice of example.

A better example would have been the PM refusing to take a wage reduction during this time of ‘everyone pulling their weight’, when the New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, stated all NZ MPs would take a reduction in their income to help the economy.

I was born here a long time ago, and as far as I can remember, the coalition parties have never been big supporters of the Arts.

I assume that when you ‘saw god in the supermarket’ Toni, that she or he was looking down on the 15-year-old worker, as well as yourself.

Love is the answer.

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One response to “Inequality”

  1. I don’t believe Toni was looking down on a
    young teenager at all. Toni would be the
    first to applaud a 15 year old doing a job.
    Realise too that Toni was employing many
    in the lead up to a production that would
    employ many more. I know what it’s like
    to have budget cuts in normal times while
    working for The Australia Council. Mine
    was Government dollars. Toni’s stuck
    because it broke her & her cast. Had
    she been a plumber or builder there
    would still be paid work around. No
    artist is considered as important – or
    worthy of support. That’s the pity of it
    all. We are supposed to paint, play
    classical music, write songs for nix.
    The Arts aren’t worth thinking about
    until people suddenly need poetry or
    songs that they get for nothing.

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