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Dec 19, 2017

MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

There was more bad news for the arts buried in yesterday’s mid-year economic statement. Tucked away in the budget items for the Communications and Arts portfolio came the announcement that the government would once again be cutting funding to the Australia Council, the nation’s key cultural funding agency.

The announcement came in the form of a “continuation” in funding for Creative Partnerships Australia, a government agency charged with fostering sponsorship and philanthropy for culture. Arts Minister Mitch Fifield lauded Creative Partnerships’ achievements, writing in a media release that “the goal of Creative Partnerships Australia is to grow a more vibrant and robust cultural sector with strong connections to supporters and investors, for the benefit of all Australians.”

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