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Tuesday, 7 June 1994
Page: 1439

(Question No. 1325)


Senator Kemp asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 18 April 1994:

  What progress has been made in relation to the Government's commitment to publish a discussion paper or cultural statement on the establishment of a cultural foundation in the course of 1994, specifically: (a) on what date is it anticipated that such a statement or paper will be made or published; (b) what processes and structures have been established for the preparation of the above and what are their terms of reference; (c) what consultative committees have been established to assist the Minister in this exercise; (d) who are the members (and their titles) of these committees; (e) which officer in the department has specific carriage of these activities; (f) has the department established structures, processes or committees to assist the Minister in this task; if so, what are the details of their composition, terms of reference and the status of their activities; (g) when will the terms of reference for the cultural foundation be announced; (h) what are the criteria being used for the establishment of these terms of reference; (i) has the Minister or the department consulted with the arts community in relation to the establishment of this foundation; (j) what has been the nature of these consultations and who has been consulted; and (k) has any body been established to assist the Minister in the task of arriving at his determinations in relation to the foundation at either departmental level or within the arts community; if so, please provide details of their composition, terms of reference and current progress.


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

  The Government has not committed to publish a discussion paper or cultural statement on the establishment of a cultural foundation in the course of 1994.

  (a) n/a; (b) n/a; (c) n/a; (d) n/a; (e) n/a; (f) n/a; and

  (g) The objectives of the ACDF will be published shortly.

  (h) The criteria for establishing the Foundation's objectives are similar to those applying to the establishment of any publicly funded organisation.

  (i) The Minister and his predecessor have consulted with the broad cultural community; a public seminar was held in Sydney on 21 October 1993 and public forums have been conducted in other major cities.

  (j) see (i)

  (k) No