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Victorian Premier Steve Bracks is increasing spending on Arts (Around $300 million) in Melbourne but Morris Iemma doesn't seem interested in competing against Melbourne and will instead be cutting the arts budget next month.

It means that some of our cultural arts institutions including The Powerhouse Museum (one of my favourites) and the State Library of NSW may have to close one day a week.

We will continue to lag behind Melbourne as long as Iemma is in charge.

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Museum may shut for one day a week
Joyce Morgan
June 1, 2007

THE arts world is bracing for large budget cuts later this month that will reduce programs, exhibitions and staff.

The Powerhouse Museum and the State Library, the state's two largest cultural institutions, are expected to be hit hardest in the state budget on June 19.

Up to 20 per cent is expected to go from the Powerhouse's $30 million recurrent budget. The museum is believed to be under pressure to close one day a week.

Overall, the $272.4 million annual arts budget is expected to be cut by 10 per cent.

The cuts are not expected to apply evenly. The Australian Museum, where Cate Blanchett has recently been appointed a trustee, and the Historic Houses Trust are believed to face a more modest 3 per cent cut. None of the organisations would comment.

The cuts are believed to have pitted the Arts Minister, Frank Sartor, against the Treasurer, Michael Costa. A Powerhouse Museum spokeswoman said the museum was anticipating a tight budget, but would not comment further. She would not confirm whether it might close one day a week. A former director of the museum, Terence Measham, said such a move would be a false economy. It had faced Treasury pressure to do this when he was director during the 1990s.

"The public never knows where they are if you do that," Mr Measham said.

Also feared to be at risk is the $30 million cultural grants program that assists a range of small and medium performing arts organisations.

A 10 per cent cut would be catastrophic for cultural institutions, said Kerrie Butson, an industrial officer with the Public Service Association.

"It would decimate them. They're eating off the bone now," she said. "If services are cut it then means that they can't put on such good programs and exhibitions, so they aren't such exciting places to come to, so people come less."

The rumoured cuts come as other states have increased arts spending. Last month Victoria allocated an extra $63 million for the arts, and recently announced a $250 million upgrade for Melbourne's Southbank cultural precinct.

The cuts appear to put the City of Sydney and the State Government at odds. The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said this week the city was looking to its creative thinkers and artists in developing a plan, entitled Sustainable Sydney 2030, that would ensure the city's cultural life.

Neither Mr Sartor nor Mr Costa would comment yesterday.
 

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What do you really expect from this government?

Rather than really reforming state taxes and revenue streams they will just cut “non-essential” services while continuing to expand their bureaucracy.

Competitive State taxes + reducing bureaucracy = higher sustainable growth = higher future government revenue streams

However we have a situation where our State government is too scared to upset their union mates by removing this excessive bureaucracy.

My simple solution
1. Privatise the NSW power sector (the most ineffective and inefficient sector in the country - just like QLD and Vic have)
2. Use this money to invest in massive infrastructure projects (just like QLD and VIC have) that will propel economic and population growth
3. Use this money to gradually reduce State Taxes and then leverage off our State's core advantage - High specialised workforce and Australia's biggest and the regions 2nd biggest business/finance capital.

and finally

4. Elect a leader (ALP or Liberal) who at least appears to implement proactive rather than reactive policy
 

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Thats pretty embarrassing for Iemma considering he's always trumpeting Sydney as the cultural (amongst other things) capital of Australia. NSW with 6.8m people is cutting 10% out of a $272m arts budget, while Victoria with 5.1m added 4% (excluding the $250m for the southbank arts boulevard) to bring the arts budget to $404m. But somehow I don't think this will stop Iemma's propaganda... or most Sydneysiders believing him...
 

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God we're STUFFED!
We are all stuffed, and it's not just in this area. News outlets on TV and radio barely focused on it yesterday (apart from a short mention on the Alan Jones Show on 2GB).

I don't think many will take notice at all but this is a serious issue.

The closure will also impact on tourism as well (they are reliant on tourists as well), and it will affect our reputation. Alot is at stake when you look at the big picture.
 

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I guess Iemma has changed his "theme song"

I know there's more to do.........but I couldn't be fucked making the big decisions.
 

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What do you really expect from this government?

Rather than really reforming state taxes and revenue streams they will just cut “non-essential” services while continuing to expand their bureaucracy.

Competitive State taxes + reducing bureaucracy = higher sustainable growth = higher future government revenue streams

However we have a situation where our State government is too scared to upset their union mates by removing this excessive bureaucracy.

My simple solution
1. Privatise the NSW power sector (the most ineffective and inefficient sector in the country - just like QLD and Vic have)
2. Use this money to invest in massive infrastructure projects (just like QLD and VIC have) that will propel economic and population growth
3. Use this money to gradually reduce State Taxes and then leverage off our State's core advantage - High specialised workforce and Australia's biggest and the regions 2nd biggest business/finance capital.

and finally

4. Elect a leader (ALP or Liberal) who at least appears to implement proactive rather than reactive policy
yeah whatever. Since Iemma came to power he has been cutting public servants a lot especially the back-end people. Saving billions of dollars annually. Maybe you're thinking of cutting public servants such as nurses, police, teachers, doctors, firemen, etc.

There is no problem in energy sector. We already have AGL which is a publically listed company (ASX: AGK). Energy Australia and Integral Energy are corporatised energy company even if it is owned by NSW government. So what's the point of privatising anyway? They can't plot power plant without government approval.

Plus, there is already an energy market in place. Energy is a commodity and it is well bid, just as if it's in private hands. http://www.energyaction.com.au/?pageid=30
 

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(1) Even with the cuts announced NSW will still remain the most heavily bureaucratic controlled State in Australia.

(2) Read my previous point about selling electrical network. You've seemed to go on yet another tangent. The NSW government could receive approx 15-30 billion by selling electrical assets which is more than enough to kick start this State. Look at the massive benefits Victoria gained from this process. The money does not come from selling off electrical distribution retail outlets (ie. Energy Australia) - it comes from selling off power plants and the electrical grid.

Just because we have a Labor government Miliux does not automatically mean you have to agree with everything they do. Learn to be subjective.

Yeah whatever.
 

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The electricity sector in NSW will undergo a serious change over the following 2 decades because of climate change pressure and ever thurst for more energy. Private sector cannot accommodate that transition since it doesn't have the necessary capital to fund for it, unless they increase the general price.

Plus there are fears such as price collusion (since it's an oligopolistic market), and increasing general price. The bottom line is, the price will not go down, but rather increase...and that is something anyone can tolerate especially for the sake of profiteering.

So which sector in NSW gov't is the most bureaucratic?
 

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And who is so obsessed with his own political beliefs that he refuses to see any logic beyond that.
Attempt x3

So which sector in NSW gov't is the most bureaucratic?

I thought it's a straight forward question. Although i cannot see connection of how my above question relates to my own political belief. *shrugs*
 

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Why the hell would I want to argue/debate with a crazy (i.e. someone who felt the need to make up some stupid story that I'm for some reason I'm infatuated by you). Remember that story Milux? You made it up because you lost an argument with me and decided to dedicate an entire thread to it. The only thing that did was show everyone how fucking crazy you really are.

Go find some other crazies to argue with.
 
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