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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