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Not a single female author in Australia worthy of ABR's gender fellowship

Not a single female author in Australia worthy of ABR's gender fellowship

Ben ElthamMar 10, 20173 Comments

Literary journal ABR advertised for a ‘gender fellowship’. But when the applications came in, none were deemed good enough.

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

Ben ElthamFeb 10, 20174 Comments

The government has taken another $9.2 million from the Australia Council, without any notice. The council decided at a board meeting to draw down $10 million from its own reserves.

Uni students are dropping out at scandalous rates? Not so fast.

Uni students are dropping out at scandalous rates? Not so fast.

Ben ElthamJan 20, 201711 Comments

The problem with the "uni students are failing to graduate!" narrative is that it is a massive beat-up.

Aussie arts sector to get a new think tank, but is that a good thing?

Aussie arts sector to get a new think tank, but is that a good thing?

Ben ElthamDec 9, 20162 Comments

An underground conference and a new think tank announcement from the top end of town show that Australian culture is starting to mobilise.

Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

Ben ElthamOct 26, 20166 Comments

The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling -- and it's wrong

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling -- and it's wrong

Ben ElthamOct 7, 201620 Comments

Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.

The real reason George Brandis took so much money out of the arts

The real reason George Brandis took so much money out of the arts

Ben ElthamAug 5, 20167 Comments

Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.

Totally coincidentally, noisy critics of arts cuts miss out on funding

Totally coincidentally, noisy critics of arts cuts miss out on funding

Ben ElthamJun 7, 20164 Comments

The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.

Labor's arts policy brings passion, vision to election -- finally

Labor's arts policy brings passion, vision to election -- finally

Ben ElthamJun 6, 20169 Comments

Labor's arts policy is largely a repair job, but Shorten's passion for it harks back to the grander visions of Labor greats like Gough Whitlam.

'Devastating' OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

'Devastating' OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

Ben ElthamMay 23, 20167 Comments

The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.

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