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Crikey Clarifier: local government recognition in the constitution

Would recognising local government in the constitution protect essential services or undermine states’ rights? Public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos answers Crikey’s questions.

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Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

As the dust begins to settle on Simon Crean’s Creative Australia policy, most arts and cultural leaders have been overwhelmingly supportive of the new plan. But there are a few dissenting voices.

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Delahunty: kudos to Crean for prising arts money from Treasury

Former Victorian ALP arts minister Mary Delahunty reflects on how hard it is to get money out of Treasury boffins for the arts, and provides a few pointers to would-be arts ministers.

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National Cultural Policy out at last — and it’s a big win for arts

The federal government’s National Cultural Policy, released today, is a big win for the arts generally — it’s got new money and plenty of policy reform. But there are losers.

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Labor are ‘philistines’ on arts: Brandis ignites policy debate

Get set: we might finally be about to have a genuine debate on arts policy. Ahead of the long-awaited release of Labor’s National Cultural Policy, shadow minister George Brandis fires up to Crikey.

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Creative partnerships: a new approach to giving in the arts

Philanthropy in the arts is due for a shake-up. Crikey talks to the CEO of the federal government’s new arts philanthropy organisation, Creative Partnerships Australia.

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Govt kills the (community) radio stars, stations fear

Community radio — which plays more Australian music than commercial rivals — relies on a government-funded project to put tracks to air. But will that money be there in 2013?

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Subsidies boost TV production, gamers promised more

Simon Crean was talking up the government’s response to the Convergence Review at this year’s Screen Producer’s Conference. TV producers — and game developers — are confident of a boost.

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Arts is local, storytelling digital, in co-creative communities

Community arts and cultural development is in transition. There might be a lack of policy direction, but grassroots organisations are getting on with the business of creating.

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McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

Maxine McKew’s new book reveals more about the role Labor’s own internal research was used to undermine Kevin Rudd.

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How government austerity is squeezing smaller arts groups

Tight state government revenues mean small-to-medium arts companies face an uncertain future. Is the golden age of funding coming to an end?

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Follow the OzCo money to find arts uncertainty

Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced that the “reform of the Australia Council” has begun. But not everyone is happy about the process, and the timetable remains uncertain.

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Oz Council review: smart reform, but will Crean have the cash/courage?

Angus James and Gabrielle Trainor’s review of the Australia Council is a bold yet sensible reform blueprint for an organisation that badly needs reform. But can it really be implemented?

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Australia Council review: artistic boards should be abolished

Arts Minister Simon Crean has released the findings of the Review of the Australia Council.

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No news is bad news for culture policy pre-budget

The National Cultural Policy has fallen off the Gillard government’s agenda. Meanwhile, new funding for the major performing arts sector is being announced outside the National Cultural Policy process.

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Shorten, music appreciator, flags long service for artists

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten is raising the issue of long-service leave for artists and musicians. But who will fund it, ask Ben Eltham and Rebecca Harkins-Cross?

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And the winner is … Smith, Shorten or Crean

Kevin Rudd hasn’t merely lost a vote on Labor’s leadership, he has failed to establish himself as the looming replacement for Julia Gillard.

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New cultural roadmap, but will there be a soundtrack?

The arts year will be dominated by key themes: the announcement of the National Cultural Policy, the deflation of the music festivals bubble, and fraught times at many smaller companies.

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Australia Council review secret and hopelessly compromised

Arts Minister Simon Crean’s review of the Australia Council is much needed. But it’s been hopelessly compromised already by the choice of the man leading it.

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Where arts and policy meet in the digital sphere

The Gillard government is embarking on a “digital culture public sphere” consultation as a part of its national cultural policy development. Kate Lundy talks to Crikey about what it is and why we should care.

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Arts policy converging into a government hash

Government arts policy is a hash. The now its Convergence Review — which is posing serious questions about the future shape of cultural policy — is making the National Cultural Policy irrelevant.

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A political arts discussion with broad strokes

Arts Minister Simon Crean has released a discussion paper on the government’s forthcoming National Cultural Policy. He speaks to Crikey about the competing agendas and the budget belt tightening.

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PM should take the next step

Her Green allies might not like it but Julia Gillard should take the next step in letting the people give their verdict on her carbon tax regime.

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Latham: Gerard Henderson suffers from chronic corresponditis

I worry about Gerard Henderson, really. He has a chronic case of corresponditis — the inability, at the end of a protracted exchange of letters, to allow his correspondent to have the last word, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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Crean gets to work on Labor’s cultural fabric

Some broad outlines of Labor’s National Cultural Policy are beginning to finally emerge. But arts minister Simon Crean faces some big questions from industry and artists.

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