‘We writers give far more to the economy and society and our culture than we ever take back. We are not looking for patronage or political favours, we are simply seeking a fair go. We are not elites. We are not chardonnay-sipping socialists. We are writers. We are creators. We are storytellers. And we have been forgotten.’—In his written submission to the parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions, crime author Michael Robotham says the federal government’s slow withdrawal of financial support for writers is political.