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Scott Morrison and singer Guy Sebastian (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

The arts could be the most powerful political force in the land but it needs to put up a fight

It’s an iron law of politics that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Yet despite 25 years of the arts being squeezed, it's barely squeaked.

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Yesterday's Papers: Bad romance springs eternal in NSW parliament

Welcome to Yesterday's Papers, a fortnightly musical playlist themed around topical events. This week... bad romance in the halls of power.

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Here's some happy news. Moulin Rouge! is kicking arse on a darkened Broadway

Theatre and arts may be suffering the world over, but an Australian production is still managing to earn accolades on Broadway.

Trevor Kennedy with some items from his collection (Image: National Museum of Australia)

How Trevor Kennedy did one of the best deals of his life

Trevor Kennedy has done more than simply Marie Kondo his storage shed. His large donation to the National Museum of Australia is a great deal.

A 2009 CTP production of Smashed (Image: David Sheehy)

Performing arts lose their starring role as university cuts start to bite

Monash's reputation as a leading light in theatre and music is in jeopardy as a lack of funding forces job cuts.

George Orwell (Image: BBC)

Things may be Orwellian, but not in the way the right believes

The right should be careful about who they invoke: Orwell would have zero compunction about putting one or two COVID denialists up against a wall in certain circumstances.

Author JK Rowling (Image: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

JK Rowling and the curse of the trans character who wasn't there

It's fine to disagree with JK Rowling. But the abuse the author has received on social media is simply not acceptable.

Ermonela Jaho performs Opera Australia's production of <em>La Traviata</em> in 2017 (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

Arts companies are fighting to the death for crisis funds

The all-in brawl is being dubbed the 'arts hunger games'. Paradoxically, the only way to get ahead is to make sure you're on the brink of collapse.

17th century art depicting the Black Death in London (Image: Wikimedia)

Waiting for COVID: when will we see the literary impact of our plague year?

A period that has radically reshaped our world should shape our cultural output for years to come. What will the literary impact be?

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This week's recipe: Scomo's COVID Christmas pudding

Chef Mark Best with a holiday treat rich enough to survive a recession.

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