The Arts and Culture Sector Under the 46th Parliament: Crisis After Crisis

Tully Barnett, Julian Meyrick, Justin O'Connor

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The 46th Parliament saw yet another difficult election cycle for the arts. The COVID-19 pandemic affected this, but successive weakening of the sector through defunding, efficiency dividends and the undermining of the formal and informal structures of the principles of cultural provision meant that the sector was less able to withstand or respond to government decisions.

Scott Morrison served as prime minister for the last nine months of the 45th Parliament, with Mitch Fifield serving as minister for the arts. Morrison had replaced Malcolm Turnbull, whose record on the arts, while not as antagonistic as Tony Abbott’s, did not undo the damage to the cultural sector already inflicted in the Abbott years...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Morrison Government
Subtitle of host publicationGoverning Through Crisis, 2019-2022
EditorsBrendan McCaffrie, Michelle Grattan, Chris Wallace
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUNSW Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978172238715, 9781742239651
ISBN (Print)9781742237886
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Arts funding
  • Public Policy
  • Government funding
  • Scott Morrison
  • COVID-19


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