Is the new board for the Australia Council dominated by inner-city elite art lovers who ignore their regional brethren? That's what opposition spokesperson for the arts George Brandis declared last week, after the 12-person board was announced by new Arts Minister Tony Bourke:

"The board seems to have been tailor-made to cater to the tastes and prejudices of a narrow group of people from the two largest capital cities, rather than representing the breadth and variety of Australia’s art forms, arts practitioners and audiences."