Video: Meet the Federal Minister for Empathy

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In the lead-up to the Federal Election 2019, the Federal Minister for Empathy, David Pledger, embarks on a series of interviews with the government’s front bench. Speaking with government ministers, he will tease out what makes the government tick by seeking to understand the role that empathy plays in the development of their political sensibilities.  The

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The arts funding divide between the haves and have nots is counter-intuitive, poor business and immoral

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Last week I attended the Melbourne chapter of the Australia Council’s national consultation on the strengthening and enhancement of the Major Performing Arts Framework. I came away with a mix of emotions that a week later settled into unease then dread. I’m going to try to unpack that feeling through this essay. I believe the

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Please adjust your frequency: Liberating Democracy from the White Noise

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The world’s a bloody mess. And it’s all democracy’s fault, isn’t it? This idea that democracy has failed us, that it’s broken, gains traction. Sure, democracy is being challenged. Just in the last month Vladimir Putin banned virtual private networks used by democracy activists to evade censorship, Venezuela’s constituent assembly poll was boycotted by more

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Australia’s Cultural Revolution – it’s time to remake the Australia Council

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In 2015, George Brandis inadvertently catalysed the cultural revolution the Australian arts needs to have if it is to drag itself kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Aided and abetted by a Senate Inquiry, a Federal Election and the dumping of the aforementioned Attorney-General as Arts Minister, the landscape continues to transform. The decades-long

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