Question: Adelaide Festival's Funding


Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:11 ): My question is to the Minister for the Arts. Is the government cutting the Adelaide Festival's funding by a million dollars or not?

The Hon. J.J. SNELLING ( Playford—Minister for Health, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Health Industries) (15:11): Obviously the arts has a savings task and we are going through, or the department, the Office for the Arts, is going through the process of how we will achieve those savings. We have obviously talked to agencies within the arts about how we might do that, but nothing has been as yet decided. We will work through this with the many agencies who are funded out of the arts portfolio.

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:11 ): Supplementary: as that's being worked through, has the minister, his office, or the head of Arts SA told the new directors of the Adelaide Festival that their budget has been cut by a million dollars?

The Hon. J.J. SNELLING ( Playford—Minister for Health, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Health Industries) (15:12): I can't recall having had a conversation along those lines with them myself, but certainly I am in no doubt that as part of the recruitment of the new festival directors it would have been made clear to them what the expectations might be with regard to the funding of the festival. It would be unfair for them to take on the job without a realistic appreciation of what the future budgets might be. So I wouldn't be surprised if a discussion had been had with them along those lines, but certainly I don't recall having had the discussion with them myself.