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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2480

Mr Calder (NORTHERN TERRITORY) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What activities of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust have been promoted in the Northern Territory in each of the years 1970-71, 1971-72 and 1972-73.

(2)   Does the Trust make financial grants to Northern Territory bodies.

(3)   Has the Trust attempted to subsidise or arrange performances in Darwin for internationally sponsored artists in transit through the Northern Territory; if so, has it been prevented from doing so due to the lack of suiable venues.

(4)   What Northern Territory representation is there on the Trust and its committees.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

(1)   The Trust is now primarily an administrative, financial and entrepreneurial organisation assisting theatre organisations. In its capacity as entrepreneur it arranged the Australian Ballet Company's performance in Darwin in October 1971. The Trust also initiated and administered the El Sali Dance Company's visit to Darwin in March 1973 as an experimental project, and is arranging the presentation of Leila Blake in 'Feminine Plural' in November/ December 1973.

(2)   No.

(3)   The success of the El Sali Dance Company's visit has led to the proposed performances in Darwin of 5 international groups or artists in 1974 and 1975.

A lack of suitable venues has not prevented the presentation in Darwin of performances arranged by the Trust.

(4)   There is at present no Northern Territory representation on the Board of Directors of the Trust or Trust committees, although in July 1973 the Executive Committee of the Trust recommended that a representative be appointed to the Board from the Northern Territory. The General Manager of the Trust proposes to visit Darwin in 1974 to investigate this proposed appointment and Trust participation in the Northern Territory.

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