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Nearly 200,000 arts workers ineligible for JobKeeper as COVID-19 hits $15b industry | ABC News

Prominent Australian theatre director Geordie Brookman has launched a scathing attack on the Federal Government for not coming to the aid of the arts sector.

When the coronavirus hit, the estimated $15 billion industry was smashed apart as shows were cancelled and venues closed.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal the number of jobs in the sector have plummeted by more than 18 per cent since mid March.

But most of the arts sector’s more than 193,000 workers were not eligible for the Government’s JobKeeper payments, despite being defined as sole traders.

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