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Ben Eltham - Brisbane Launch

Published 1 August Platform Papers 48: When the Goal Posts Move by Ben Eltham

Monday 5 September 2016 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In store at Avid Reader Bookshop Tickets $7.50


Come and share with Ben Eltham his overview of the now notorious ‘Excellence Raid’ of Budget night 2015,

when substant ripped from the arts sector and awarded to the

federal Ministry, Ben Eltham examines the purposes of power,

the extent of the damage done and the future of the crippled

Australia Council.

He shows how its foundational pursuit of ‘excellence’ has been diverted from

an aspiration to a commodity, counts the culling of artists and

long-established service organisations, questions the silence that

grasped the major players, records the scattered shrapnel;

and reports signs of growing unity of purpose across the sector.

Eltham views the shattered structure and the Opposition’s

restorative promises; and concludes that, when called upon,

Australians still do recognise cultural value.

They can - and do - still rejoice in sharing the idea of the public good.