House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Expenditure

Inquiry into Commonwealth assistance to the arts


On 18 September 1986, the Standing Committee on Expenditure tabled its report on the inquiry into Commonwealth assistance to the arts entitled Patronage, power and the muse.

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 12 chapters and 6 appendices.

Patronage, power and the muse

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 6 (PDF 5194KB)
Committee Membership, Foreword, Contents, Summary, List of Recommendations

Ch1: The scope and objectives of the inquiry

Ch2: The arts, culture and rationale for government support
Ch3: The role of government
Ch4: Arts council or arts ministry
Ch5: The Australia Council - history, objectives and relations with government
Ch6: The Australia Counci - operational issues

Part B: Chapter 7 to Appendix 6 (end) (PDF 4588KB)
Ch7: Co-ordination of assistance

Ch8: The flagships
Ch9: Taxation expenditures
Ch10: Contemporary music
Ch11: Alternative models
Ch12: Conclusion

Appendix 1: Terms of reference
Appendix 2: Index of submissions
Appendix 3: Index of exhibits
Appendix 4: Commonwealth departments and authorities
Appendix 5: Inspections undertaken
Appendix 6: Australia Council - estimated regional office costs

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