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Friday, 22 March 1985
Page: 685

Senator REID(3.52) —I want to make one comment in relation to the Canberra Theatre. There is a lot of information in an annual report, but some things are there only, in a sense, by inference. The Canberra Theatre is a very likeable theatre, but it is quite small. It was adequate at the time it was built, but the problem it faces at present is that the number of seats is far too few for it to be able to seat sufficient patrons for a large number of productions. Many functions are put on at the National Indoor Sports Centre, which is a fine venue indeed, but for many productions we do not have a theatre because of the cost of staging them. At some stage the theatre will have to be increased in size to get more people into it, or some other arrangement will have to be made. Canberra has a population of a quarter of a million people, and I do not like to think they will be deprived of theatre productions in the future. I do not want to debate the solutions, but I think it is time we highlighted the problem and looked at what can be done to make the Canberra Theatre a viable place for the sorts of productions intended.

Question resolved in the affirmative.