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Regulating authenticity

In April 2006, following media reports of widespread irregularities in the Indigenous art sector, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, announced moves to combat the exploitation of Indigenous artists. Senator Kemp said the Government would engage in a process of consultation in order to ‘map out strategies for dealing with issues like trade practices, consumer education and awareness, and the need for regulation and enforcement’.

These concerns have dogged the commercialisation of Indigenous art practices for decades and previous efforts to establish a mechanism for authenticating Indigenous art and cultural practices have failed.

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