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May 16, 2012

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?

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

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.

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

  1. phjk

    I agree, the review really sounds like it’s on the right track. Angus James and Gabrielle Trainor should be congratulated for their work. Now come on Mr Crean this is a huge opportunity…

  2. morrison merran

    Any review that puts arts & culture back on the national agenda is applauded. Since Keating, the Oz Council has always worked with one hand tied behind its back – huge expectations but so little funding. $21 million too hard to find??? Here’s an idea, what about a review of road expenditure? Cross the border from NSW to Qld by car and be gobsmacked by the $350m Federal “improvement” to build a 350m strip of road that wasn’t even necessary. Now I can drive 90km hour without moving my steering whereas before I had to go around one big bend at only 70km. We will truly only be a mature nation when we get these priorities in better balance. I have this dream, that in a century we will look back and all be appalled at how we undervalued the most creative parts of ourselves.

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