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Government arts policy slammed in NSW report

Inquiry finds poor planning and flawed business case  The NSW Coalition Government has breached its own Treasury guidelines and governance of the arts and culture sector needs a complete review, according to the final report of the Upper House Inquiry into Museums and Galleries. Released [...]

February 28th, 2019|2 Comments

A call to action: Save our culture, save ourselves!

By JUDITH WHITE  Soccer, refugees and the arts Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster has written an impassioned open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pleading for humane treatment of refugees. Waiting until refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi is safely home in [...]

February 22nd, 2019|4 Comments

Secret Sydney and the corporatisation of the arts

NSW Government ignores Sydney Modern concerns By JUDITH WHITE Five years after the Art Gallery of NSW first proposed construction of the grandiose $344 million extension known as Sydney Modern, the NSW Government has approved the Development Application (DA) for the project.  It has done [...]

November 24th, 2018|4 Comments

Defend the Sydney Opera House

By JUDITH WHITE updated 8 October NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces a groundswell of protest against her unprecedented decision to turn the Sydney Opera House into a billboard for the gambling and racing industry. A demonstration against the decision has been called, to take place [...]

October 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Secrets of cultural “planning” unmasked

By JUDITH WHITE What a dark story emerges when the lid is lifted on the NSW Government’s much-vaunted “cultural infrastructure” spending! Evidence at the hearing on 12 September of the Upper House Inquiry into Museums and Galleries, held at Parliament House in Sydney, revealed a [...]

September 23rd, 2018|2 Comments

Governments, bankers and burning museums

By JUDITH WHITE When Brazil’s Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro burned down on 2 September, staff described it as “a tragedy foretold”. For years, successive governments had cut recurrent funding for the museum, whose collection of 20 million priceless and irreplaceable objects was the [...]

September 8th, 2018|6 Comments

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