New round of controversial Catalyst arts funding quietly posted

Sydney Morning Herald
John Bailey and Debbie Cuthbertson, May 9, 2016

New round of controversial Catalyst arts funding quietly posted as government enters caretaker mode.

The Coalition’s controversial Catalyst arts funding program has promised a new round of almost $12 million in funding to more than 45 organisations as the Turnbull Government moves into caretaker mode.

It is unclear when the funds will be delivered, however, and where the money is coming from. If it is not sourced from the current budget, the possibility arises that the government is pre-spending funds ahead of the July 2 election that will decide who holds the purse-strings.

Catalyst has already been criticised following a $1 million grant to the Hans Heysen Foundation for a property in the South Australian electorate of Mayo, held by controversial Liberal MP Jamie Briggs and achieved as the result of lobbying by SA Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald:  http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/new-round-of-controversial-catalyst-arts-funding-quietly-posted-as-government-enters-caretaker-mode-20160509-gops2p.html