Another skirmish has begun in the tired old culture wars, with the conservative magazine Quadrant accusing the Australia Council of a "patently political decision" in cutting its funding from $50,000 to $30,000, thus threatening its literary content.

In a letter to subscribers, editor and key cultural warrior Keith Windschuttle asserts that the during the years of the Howard government, the literature board of the Australia Council has never reduced the funding of "overtly left-wing publications like Meanjin, Overland and Australian Book Review. In fact those three journals always received more money than Quadrant even though they carry a fraction of our literary content."