I thought your previous post was pretty much on the money. We're a very young country. The USA was on it's third President with a developed society and a Constitution (signed in 1776) at the time the First Fleet arrived here with it's load of convicts and military. At times, apart from the uniforms, there wasn't much to distinguish the criminality on either side. Our early Free Settlers were not the cream of artistic excellence, whatever their other admirable attributes. We have no long tradition of fine art or culture - what we have is developing but from a base borrowed from European history and, all in all we've done fairly well. We have State and National Art Galleries that have excellent collections and visiting exhibitions and many smaller galleries in regional centres that play their part. Sure, it could be richer and better communicated but a lot of that depends on us, not people like Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch or James Packer - or Tony Abbott if you want to include the pollies.