As the first minister to ever hold the joint portfolios of arts, and employment and workplace relations, Tony Burke is promising to use government policy to tackle sexual harassment allegations within Australia’s cultural industries. “I want to make sure that national cultural policy speaks to the particular challenges in arts industries and within this policy there needs to be assurances of a safe workplace for women,” he said. He cited allegations of systemic sexual harassment and assault within Australia’s music industry, including those revealed by singer Jaguar Jonze, and the criticisms of the historical workplace culture at Sony Music which resulted in its long-serving CEO Denis Handlin being removed last year after more than 25 years. Burke said all were evidence of an industry marred by a workplace culture in need of serious overhaul. Burke said he expected to have a fully drafted national arts and culture policy by the end of the year.
Source: The Guardian July 04, 2022 17:54 UTC