It’s hypocritical of Andrew Barr to have slammed the Commonwealth for cuts to our major national institutions, while at the same time he was making cuts to the Territory’s major cultural institutions, Shadow Minister for Arts and Tourism Brendan Smyth said today.
“It should be a serious cause for concern that in response to a question today, the Chief Minister seemed unaware of multiple job cuts inside the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC),” Mr Smyth said.
“Yesterday’s ACT Budget stated that there has been a cut in jobs at the CFC from 90 in 2014-15 to 82 in 2015-16 (Pg 207 BP3). When queried about the cuts in the Assembly today, Andrew Barr seemed unaware.
“The CFC manages major cultural assets including; the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the ACT Historic Places; Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga.
“Andrew Barr’s decision to cut staff inside the CFC shows he doesn’t care about the preservation of unique Canberra assets and showcasing them for local residents as well as visitors from around the country and overseas.
“However, Mr Barr seems quite happy to criticise the Commonwealth for the same thing he has just done,” Mr Smyth concluded.