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JEREMY ECCLES Re-reading the thoughts I offered to World of Theatre 2000, I came to a

depressing conclusion: either I was remarkably prescient in pointing to the

things that were about to go wrong with the Australian theatre, or not much

has changed. For issues like the funding imbalance between the big and smaller

arts organizations, the international and domestic touring of product for political

reasons rather than artistic ones, and the burden placed upon Aboriginal writing

and performance to be both the conscience of the nation in increasingly

conservative times and the exotic flag-bearer overseas of a mature and varied

culture, were all discussed last time around.