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New Australia Council appointments [Li Cunxin; Patrick Morgan]

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Media Release

The Hon Peter McGauran, MP

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation



New Australia Council appointments

The depth and range of experience on the Australia Council was further strengthened today with two new appointments-Li Cu nxin, a former Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and Patrick Morgan, the award-winning writer.

Both appointments are for three years, Li Cunxin from today and Patrick Morgan from 24 July.

'I am delighted that Li Cunxin and Patrick Morgan have agreed to serve on the Australia Council,' Federal Minister for the Arts, Peter McGauran said.

'Their impressive skills and expertise in the fields of arts, literature and business will be of tremendous benefit to the Council,' he said.

Li Cunxin was accepted for the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11. He was soloist, and then principal dancer, with the Houston Ballet from 1979 to 1995, and Principal artist with The Australian Ballet from 1995 to 1999. He danced leading roles in the major classical and contemporary ballets and received numerous awards at international competitions held in the United States, Japan and the former USSR. He also has extensive business experience, and currently manages the Asian desk of Johnson Taylor Stockbrokers.

Patrick Morgan is the author of The Settling of Gippsland and The Literature of Gippsland , co-editor of Henry Kingsley - The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn , and associate editor of the Oxford Literary Guide to Australia . He has published numerous articles on politics, culture and history. He taught literature at Monash University from 1969 to 1999, and was a member of the Australia Council's Literature Fund from 1996 to 1999. He won the Patricia Hackett Prize in 1986 and the inaugural Community and Local History Award in 1998.

The Australia Council is the Commonwealth Government's arts funding and advisory body. It promotes excellence, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts. The Council also provides, and encourages the provision of, opportunities for people to practice the arts, and promotes the knowledge and appreciation of Australian arts in other countries.

Media contact: 

Jane Henschke, Minister's office 02 6277 7350 


23 June 1999




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