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Friday, 12 June 1970

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) ns asked the Prime Minister upon notice:

(1)   is it a fact that the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board recently refused to pay $70 transport costs of an Australian entry to the Cannes International Festival of Painting held on the French Riviera.

(2)   Will he consider whether it would be an advantage to have Australian modern art sponsored abroad to this extent by assisting entries to the Cannes Festival of 1970.

Mr Gorton - The answer to the honour able member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Australia was represented at the First International Festival at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in 1969 by paintings selected by the Art Adivsory Board and sent from Australia. In view of other commitments in 1970, including a major exhibition of modern Australian painting in South East Asia, the Board recommended that the invitation to participate in the Second International Festival should be declined.

Subsequently, 10 days prior to the closing date for entries, the Australian Embassy in Paris conveyed an inquiry by the Festival organisers whether Australia could arrange participation by Australian artists in France. The Board was of the opinion that Australia should not be represented at an International festival by an artist or artists simply because they happen to be in the region at' the time; any Australian representation had to be carefully considered and only the best representation should be sent The Board decided that it should not alter its original recommendation.

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