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Tuesday, 31 August 1993
Page: 712

(Question No. 443)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 20 July 1993:

  (1) Did the former Department for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories complete and present to the Minister a comprehensive cultural policy and strategy for the Commonwealth Government before the Federal election in March 1993.

  (2) Has the Department of the Arts and Administrative Services presented the current Minister (Senator McMullan) with a comprehensive cultural policy and strategy for the Commonwealth Government.

  (3) Has the policy been released to the public; if so, please provide a copy; if not, will it be released.


Senator McMullan —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) No. A draft, interim policy document was submitted to the former Minister for the Arts and Territories prior to the Federal election in March 1993.

  (2) No.

  (3) No. It is the Government's intention to release its cultural policy statement to the public in early 1994.