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Thursday, 22 September 1983
Page: 1233

Question No. 23

Mr Rocher asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

What sum is being spent annually by the tobacco industry in sponsorship of Australian culture.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am advised by the Australia Council and the Australian Film Commission that neither organisation collects data on sponsorship of activities by the tobacco industry. The issue is considered to be the responsibility of any particular company itself. I am further advised that the International Cultural Corporation of Australia Ltd received sponsorship from the Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation to the extent of $22,150 in arranging for the exhibition in Australia of the Kandinsky Exhibition. The exhibition toured Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne in the period 14 May 1982 to 12 December 1982.

The Australian National Gallery has advised that on 11 October 1982, the then Prime Minister, accepted on behalf of the citizens of Australia a collection of contemporary works of art, put together under the auspices of Philip Morris Australia Ltd.

The Collection of contemporary Australiana was bought with funds provided since 1973 by the Philip Morris Arts Grant. The aim of the grant was to purchase and exhibit works of art by 'young bold and innovative' artists. An initial sum of $ 150,000 was provided to cover the years 1973-1978. In 1978 the program was extended for another five years and increased funds were provided.

The grant has averaged upwards of $50,000 a year so that by the time of the handover of the Collection in October 1982 approximately $500,000 has been expended.