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Thursday, 25 May 1972
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Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Australian Council for the Arts conduct a policy of arranging a domestic programme to sponsor the development of the arts within Australia as well as a programme to develop international cultural relations.

(2)   Was it under the second category that the entrepreneur, responsible for bringing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company to Australia, was provided by the Council witha guarantee against loss of an amount of up to $40,000.

(3)   Has the tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet been a financial success.

(4)   Will the Minister request the Australian Council for the Arts to conduct negotiations with its Canadian counterpart in an endeavour to arrange for a tour of Canada by the Australian Ballet Company on the same basis as the Canadian ballet's tour of Australia.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   I am informed by the Australian Council for the Arts that the audited accounting for the tour has not yet been received; such accounting is not normally expected until about 2 months after a tour's completion.

(4)   I am informed by, the Australian Council for the Arts that, should the Australian Ballet wish to tour Canada, the normal procedure would be for the Company to negotiate terms with a Canadian entrepreneur who would then seek support from the Canada Council.

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