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

15 May 2003

JOB LOSSES TO FOLLOW CULTURAL REVIEW

Tuesday’s Budget produced the two measures feared by Australia’s national cultural institutions: funding cuts and job losses.

Up to 33 jobs in the National Maritime Museum, the National Archives, the National Gallery and the National Library will be lost due to these measures.

The government has endorsed the recommendations of the review of Australia’s national cultural institutions, including the amalgamation of the Australian Film Commission and ScreenSound Australia.

More information is needed about the effects of this amalgamation on the functions of both bodies.

It is difficult to see how the amalgamation of two bodies with fundamentally different roles will improve services to the film industry and the public. The AFC produces films and ScreenSound preserves and provides access to them. We will be watching closely to ensure that none of these functions is neglected.

Other institutions hit by funding cuts are the National Museum, the National Gallery and the National Archives, which will lose $6.9 million over the next four years.

I note the government has agreed to provide further funding to the Bundanon Trust. I am, however, concerned that the government intends to continue to draw on Bundanon’s investment funds.

This package of measures raises many questions and leaves many loose ends. We will follow up on these matters in coming weeks.

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

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