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.
Ben ElthamJan 20, 201711 Comments
The problem with the "uni students are failing to graduate!" narrative is that it is a massive beat-up.
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.
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.
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.
Ben ElthamAug 5, 20167 Comments
Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.
Ben ElthamJun 7, 20164 Comments
The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.
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.
Ben ElthamMay 23, 20167 Comments
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.
Ben ElthamMay 12, 20162 Comments
The Catalyst funding scheme has blown out its budget in one big hit, giving money to large organisations (which is against its remit). Meanwhile smaller organisations wait for Australia Council grants to be announced.