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Evidence-based arts policymaking?

In  The Conversation (1.6.15) Ben Eltham and Deb Verhoeven discuss whether there is any evidence to support the need for the dramatic changes to arts funding announced by Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, George Brandis, in the Federal budget:  

‘There is actually a considerable evidence base from which to form policy decisions in Australian arts funding. Both the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australia Council itself collect large amounts of robust data on cultural audiences, cultural events and the output of artists and companies funded by the taxpayer.’

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