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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
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Senator McMANUS - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister and it concerns matters related to the arts. Will the Minister refer to the Prime Minister the very serious allegations made in the Melbourne 'Herald' of last Saturday, 24 November, first of all by Mr Clifton Pugh, a well known artist who is a member of the Australian Council for the Arts but who declares that he is appalled at what is going on and who says that there is waste, inefficiency and lack of control in the Council? He is supported in the same newspaper in a statement made by Mr Harry Bluck, a well known artist, who says that in his view excessive appointments of staff are being made to the Arts Council and who considers also that there is lack of control.

Senator MURPHY - I have just been informed that Senator McManus has already moved to refer a similar matter to the Senate Standing

Committee on Education, Science and the Arts. The reference concerns the measures necessary to ensure that the Australian Council for the Arts and its Boards carry out their task of overall promotion of the arts in Australia.

Senator McManus - I am merely asking that these statements be referred to the Prime Minister.

Senator MURPHY - Yes, I will do that for the honourable senator.

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