$5.4 million cut from Australia Council budget

The Federal Government has reallocated $1.8 million a year over three years from the Australia Council to Creative Partnerships Australia.

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New cuts to the arts have been revealed in the Turnbull Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

The six-month update to the 2017-2018 budget has reallocated $1.8 million a year over three years – a total of $5.4 million – from the Australia Council for the Arts to Creative Partnerships Australia.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts