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Following the Budget announcement that $104.8 million will be diverted from the Australia Council to a new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts run by the Ministry, ArtsHub asked the Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis and the Shadow Minister Mark Dreyfus to outline their thinking. The Minister declined, but his point-of-view was explained on RN this week. The Shadow Minister's analysis is below. For more on what the change means for artists, read ArtsHub's article, What the Australia Council cuts mean for you.