Jan 22, 2016

The curious case of the missing $8 million: OzCo and Arts at loggerheads

The top bureaucrat in the Arts Ministry and the boss of the Australia Council are at odds over Mitch Fifields’s Catalyst program. Who’s right?

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

It’s been a tough summer for the arts in Australia, with many small companies still digesting the bad news that arrived in the bloodbath of the Australia Council’s December funding round.

But Australia Council boss Tony Grybowski has started the new year on the front foot. He’s given a lengthy interview to Matthew Westwood at the The Australian, defending the agency and its supine response to the mugging it received at the hands of former arts minister George Brandis.

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7 thoughts on “The curious case of the missing $8 million: OzCo and Arts at loggerheads

  1. Damien M

    Where can I find a list of those companies that have been partly or fully defunded? Youth companies and small publishers have been mentioned a few times in a few Crikey articles but I must’ve missed the details.

  2. Norman Hanscombe

    The author did a fair amount of huffing and puffing; but what’s so unusual for those asked to reduce waste who succeed in doing so then receiving a performance bonus?

  3. ken svay

    Bonuses? My clever son who works in the super sector tells me that he gets maybe a ten per cent bonus but that others in finance get 100% bonuses!
    WFT is wrong with us allowing this bollocks?

  4. Norman Hanscombe

    ken svay, While I accept your assessment of your son’s status is genuine, aren’t you even a tad perplexed by the fact he can’t understand why he doesn’t earn as much as others? You do realise that simply dismissing it as “bollocks” isn’t an especially convincing ‘argument’, don’t you?

  5. Duncan Gilbey

    Why should anyone get a performance bonus for merely doing the job that they are paid to do?

  6. Norman Hanscombe

    Duncan, it’s NOT merely for doing a job, but doing it well. Many industries work on performance, and always have.

  7. Norm

    Since Ministers are no longer sacked for misleading Parliament, I imagine a political appointee to our now long-politicised Public Service is, likewise, in no danger. Those regressing to “frank and fearless advice” are far more likely to get the chop.

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