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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2133

(Question No. 1090)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 23 February 1994:

  With reference to the federally-funded Art Exhibitions Australia Ltd (AEA) set up by the Federal Government to manage travelling exhibitions for public galleries and museums:

  (1) Has AEA been successful in attracting corporate sponsorship for its exhibitions.

  (2) Please provide a breakdown on the cost of each AEA exhibition, the names of commercial sponsors, and the profit and loss figures for each exhibition.

  (3) What major exhibitions has AEA programmed for the 1994-95 financial year.

  (4) Does AEA have any plans to extend showing of major exhibitions to large regional towns and cities.

Senator McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1)—(4) Art Exhibitions Australia Limited is not funded by the Federal Government. It was established in 1980 as an independent company (then known as International Cultural Corporation of Australia Limited) with federal funding over the first four years, after which time it has been self-funding.

  AEA is eligible to tour indemnified exhibitions under the Commonwealth Indemnification Scheme. The Government does not, however, have details of AEA's financial arrangements or itineraries for all of the exhibition tours which AEA manages.

  I am therefore unable to answer the question.