The newly appointed Queensland premier is not off too a good start by cutting the Queensland Literary Awards from the state budget. This cut will only save the government $250,000 (244,000 to be exact) of a $47,000,000,000 budget but will have a huge impact on the arts though out the state.
Queensland’s premier Campbell Newman promised cost-cutting during his campaign but to focus on cutting the arts during a national campaign for promoting reading is sending the wrong message to the rest of Australia. The Queensland Literary Awards have helped many new Queenslanders breaking into the industry, spreading $230,000 in prize money over 14 different categories, including two for unpublished writers in an effort to recognize well-known and aspiring Queensland writers.
Past Australian authors that have benefitted from this award inlcude; J.M. Coetzee, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas, Peter Carey, Paul Jennings & Markus Zusak.