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BOB McMULLAN MP SHADOW TREASURER AND ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FRASER

11 February 2003

ENTRY FEES THREATENED FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

The Minister for the Arts, Senator Rod Kemp, today admitted the government is considering entry fees for the national cultural institutions.

Under questioning in Senate Estimates today, Senator Kemp was very secretive about the current review of all our national cultural institutions and agencies. He said the review was part of the Budget process, and the terms of reference could not be released.

He admitted that a consistent policy on entry fees was an issue being examined by the review.

This review is clearly the beginning of higher fees and charges from the Howard Government.

Given this is the highest taxing government in Australia’s history, why can’t they balance the arts budget without putting new fees on families?

The introduction of further entry fees will become yet another new levy to cover their mismanagement of our valued institutions.

I am concerned that this review will recommend the introduction of entry fees.

Any fee for entry to view our national collections would be an obstacle for families to share in our national culture and heritage.

Further information: Robert Garran (02) 6277 4803, 0419 692 504

TELEPHONE: (02) 6277 4803 ã FACSIMILE: (02) 6277 8496