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Australian government unveils plan to support Aboriginal artists and guard against fake works

Artist collective welcomes extra funding but says new initiatives do nothing about unscrupulous dealers effectively holding vulnerable artists hostage

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The federal government has unveiled a new plan to support artists in and remote Australia, including strengthened measures to guard against fake and counterfeit artworks.

But a collective of Indigenous artists in the heart of the country have said that while the annual $5m added to the existing $22m a year in funding support is welcome, the new initiatives do nothing to stop unscrupulous dealers effectively holding vulnerable artists hostage.

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