The World: Canberra - Australian ad industry unhappy at snub

Australia's ad industry is furious at being snubbed by a government summit discussing the future of the country's creative industries.

The summit, "Towards a creative Australia: The future of the arts, film and design", is the brainchild of the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and will take place in Canberra this weekend.

However, ad industry representatives have attacked its lack of diversity.

"We're disappointed that we are not represented in the creative discussion," Mark Champion, the executive chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia, said.

"If the objective is to gather the best brains of the country together, then they could have done a lot worse than a bunch of advertising people."