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Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

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Christmas stockings very empty for the arts, with $52m more cut

Christmas stockings very empty for the arts, with $52m more cut

Ben ElthamDec 16, 20156 Comments

Arts copped a beating under Abbott, and Turnbull has continued that recent tradition.

Fifield’s changes to Brandis' ‘Excellence’ fund gilding a turd, says Senate

Fifield’s changes to Brandis' ‘Excellence’ fund gilding a turd, says Senate

Ben ElthamDec 3, 20153 Comments

The Senate’s report into the Coalition’s arts funding changes is scathing about George Brandis and Mitch Fifield.

'A bloodbath': excellence is out, innovation is in, arts are still screwed

'A bloodbath': excellence is out, innovation is in, arts are still screwed

Ben ElthamNov 20, 20154 Comments

Hated George Brandis' National Program for Excellence in the Arts? Mitch Fifield's "Catalyst" program is not much better ...

Will bringing on an OzCo opponent bite Macdonald on the arts?

Will bringing on an OzCo opponent bite Macdonald on the arts?

Ben ElthamNov 6, 201511 Comments

Crikey can reveal conservative Senator Ian Macdonald asked an Australia Council critic (and former Family First candidate) to address the Senate arts inquiry.

Same chaos, different minister for arts sector

Same chaos, different minister for arts sector

Ben ElthamOct 23, 20152 Comments

New Arts Minister Mitch Fifield wasn’t giving much away at Senate estimates this week.

Key architect of the Excellence Program to advise Turnbull on arts

Key architect of the Excellence Program to advise Turnbull on arts

Ben ElthamOct 20, 20157 Comments

The news that Michael Napthali will become the Prime Minister’s arts adviser has dismayed many in the cultural sector.

It ain't over til ... well, now, maybe, for opera companies

It ain't over til ... well, now, maybe, for opera companies

Ben ElthamSep 29, 20153 Comments

The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.

'A victory for the arts': artists giddy with Brandis' removal

'A victory for the arts': artists giddy with Brandis' removal

Ben ElthamSep 21, 20152 Comments

George Brandis did not make many friends in the sector during his time as arts minister, with most in the industry hoping Mitch Fifield will be more sympathetic to their needs.

Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

Ben ElthamSep 18, 20152 Comments

New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.

'We were blindsided': books industry demands to know next plot twist

'We were blindsided': books industry demands to know next plot twist

Ben ElthamSep 3, 20151 Comment

A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.