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Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee - 14/02/2012 - Estimates - REGIONAL AUSTRALIA, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ARTS AND SPORT - National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

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Mr Sayers : Before this committee in the past I have made the point that the efficiency dividend is just one of the pressures that is faced by the National Museum as a cultural agency. Such things as rising costs, the cost of leases and supplier costs are other pressures. However, in 2011-12, the National Museum undertook a round of voluntary redundancies, and 20 voluntary redundancies were offered to the staff of the National Museum. The temporary exhibition program has been reduced. The smaller exhibitions in the Museum have been reduced from 12 to six. We had predicted that travelling exhibitions would be reduced down from nine to four, but we have remained at that level of nine travelling exhibitions as a result of our determination to make the most of programs which fund touring exhibitions, such as the National Touring Fund. So that is the sum of our budget reductions in 2011-12.

Senator MILNE: Thank you. I have questions now for Screen Australia.