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As someone who was responsible for several years for the oversight and servicing of one of the precincts mentioned in the paper, I have always had some questions about our enthusiasm for lumping cultural institutions together.  So I really welcomed this paper—it hints at questions which go deep... more

Sign the Petition to Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson

TO: LUCY WICKS

Dear Lucy, you must not allow the ATO building to be placed on the old Gosford Public School site, doing so will destroy the soul of the Arts and Cultural Precinct before it is even created. This should... more

Here is her proposal for a new direction:

What if the not-for-profit status was removed from the equation? What if the Federal Government gave the Major Performing Arts Companies a handshake worth six years’ subsidy and told them to rethink their mission, restructure their... more

While the long and (mostly) happy marriage between sport and television is not a principal focus of Herd’s excellent book, it is appropriately acknowledged as a key factor in the history and success of commercial television in Australia. Kerry Packer’s interventions and innovations in cricket... more

John was a Board member of Currency House 2008-9. Clinton Walker has also been an activist in the current campaign and his Platform Paper 32 History is Made at Night: Live Music in Australia has been a significant reference for the campaigners.

Also involved has been Jon Rose's Platform... more

Why Australian Plays?
By Alan Seymour
Australia has been dominated culturally and theatrically by two major influences – the British, and more recently the American – and as a result whole generations of us has grown up without realising that far from being the... more

The dust has now settled from the tectonic shifts at the ANU School of Music. For those who did not feel the earthquake from its epicentre in Canberra, the shock arrived on 2 May, 2012, when all positions in the department were declared vacant in an epically mismanaged ‘spill and fill.’ The then... more

I grew up in a house without music. In suburban Melbourne in the 1960s, we had a spindly-legged (black and white) TV whose blondewood finish matched the polished floorboards and the spindly-legged lounge suite. The décor was modernist but we had no radio or a record player. At the time, the ‘... more

I can remember the first time a cultural discussion paper had that effect on me and those around me—the first was when David Throsby and Devon Mills’ When are you going to get a real job?: an economic study of Australian artists emerged as a research report for the Australia Council in 1989. The... more

Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain by Robert Hewison review – a Faustian pact David Edgar writes in the Guardian Weekly 16.01.15 Photo: Tony Blair examines a model of the Millennium Dome in 1998. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images Should some... more

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