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.
Ben ElthamOct 23, 20152 Comments
New Arts Minister Mitch Fifield wasn’t giving much away at Senate estimates this week.
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.
Ben ElthamSep 29, 20153 Comments
The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.
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.
Ben ElthamSep 18, 20152 Comments
New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.
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.
Ben ElthamAug 6, 20153 Comments
The opening hearing of a Senate Inquiry into the Arts portfolio discovered an industry bitterly opposed to George Brandis’ Excellence Program.
Ben ElthamAug 3, 20153 Comments
The Australia Council’s submission to a Senate Inquiry reveals the scale of duning changes imposed by George Brandis’ Excellence program.
Ben ElthamJul 22, 201513 Comments
Struggling Arts Minister George Brandis has revealed he doesn't actually understand the changes he's made to the Australia Council. Additional reporting by Crikey intern Joely Mitchell.