Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield spent the first few months in the job repairing much of the damage his predecessor had on the arts.
Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.
All arts companies, all artists and all audiences are the losers today as each is dependent on the other to build a creative nation -- and economy.
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.
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?
The Senate’s report into the Coalition’s arts funding changes is scathing about George Brandis and Mitch Fifield.