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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 55

(Question No. 3015)


Mr Tickner asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 29 November 1985:

What is the increase in real terms 1985-86 of expenditure on (a) culture and (b) arts in 1985-86 as compared with 1982-83.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) and (b) The following table indicates the increase in expenditure on arts and culture from 1982-83 to 1985-86.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS TOTAL COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY APPROPRIATIONS

Units $m

1982-83

1985-86

Percentage

increases

1982-83 to 1985-86

Australia Council...

33.60

48.75

(1)...45.09

National Library of Australia...

20.27

30.48

(2)...50.37

Australian Film Commission...

12.03

20.20

67.91

Australian National Gallery...

18.10

14.88

-18.22

Australian Archives...

10.20

15.65

53.43

Australian Film Television and Radio School...

5.87

8.66

47.53

Public Lending Right Scheme...

1.33

1.84

38.35

National Film and Sound Archive...

-(3)

3.46

170.31

Australan Heritage Commission...

.76

1.59

109.21

National Institute of Dramatic Art...

.97

1.50

54.64

National Museum of Australia...

.63

3.60

471.42

Australian Childrens Television Foundation...

.50

.50

0.0

Artbank...

.43

.70

62.79

National Maritime Museum...

-

2.90

new

104.69

154.71

47.78

From this it can clearly be seen that each cultural authority has received funding well in excess of what would have been required to retain its financial position in real terms, with the exception of the Australian National Gallery. The Gallery was a special case in 1982-83 as that was its year of opening and it received a special allocation of $4.85 million for furniture and display equipment.

(1) This figure includes a `once off' special cash injection of $1.737m for supplementary funding to The Australian Opera.

(2) The 1985-86 allocation to the National Library of Australia comprised $27.188m for running costs and $3.295 for fire restoration funds.

(3) Funding for the National Film and Sound Archive, as a separate entity from the National Library of Australia commenced in 1983-84. In that year the Archive received $1.28m.