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Platform papers 48 - When the Goal Posts Move
Author: Ben Eltham

ISBN: 9780992489090
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 76
Published: 1 August 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.7
In May 2015 the Federal Arts Minister, George Brandis, dropped a funding bombshell that divided the arts like nothing since the Fraser Government in the 1980s brought down ceiling funding on the recentlycreated State arts. Brandis' action favoured the classic arts but threatened the country's developmental arm, the 'small to medium' sector, and drove a wedge between the two which promised the death of innovation.

Journalist and social commentator Ben Eltham traces his coverage of these twelve months: the shocking impact, the actions taken; and asks: How have the arts become so marginalised? Is this the end of our most imaginative initiatives? Of the Australia Council itself? Eltham ruminates on intended and unintended consequences.

About the Author

Ben Eltham is contributing author to CPD's recent publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. His chapter jointly written with Marcus Westbury, Cultural policy in Australia argues that Australia's fragmented cultural policy needs to move beyond its 'funding paradigm'. Ben is a researcher, writer, journalist and creative prod...

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