Ben Eltham: Forget Crean, real changes in cultural policy will come down to Conroy


CPD Fellow Ben Eltham reveals who’ll be in charge of the real cultural policy action in Australia’s new ministerial line-up.

First published in Crikey on September 17 2010.

We have a new arts minister: Simon Crean.

Few seem to be mourning the passing of the old one, Peter Garrett. He might have been the first Australian arts minister in history to have been a working musician, but that doesn’t seem to have won him many friends in the sector. The silence from the arts community on his departure has been deafening – indeed, some arts figures have been openly critical, like Evelyn Richardson of performing arts industry lobby group Live Performance Australia.

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