Is Australia About To Join America’s Arts Reality?

“There have been an unprecedented number of inquiries in the past eight years into aspects of the arts [in Australia] – inquiries that have produced tangible financial benefits. Yet what’s lacking has been any bigger picture or debate from either side of politics about the role of art in contemporary culture… There has been little public debate on the broader question of whom performing arts companies should answer to in an environment of shrinking public funding and increasing need for sponsorship dollars.”