Statement on cuts to the National Gallery

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ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs has issued a statement on the Turnbull Government's cuts to the National Gallery.

"The Turnbull government's cuts to Canberra's cultural institutions will mean that more skilled Canberrans will be losing their jobs in the next year.

"We already know the National Gallery will have to close its contemporary art space - but it also spends a big proportion of its budget on staff. It may have no alternative but to look at job losses to deal with the government's cuts.

"The National Gallery - as well as the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and the Sound Archive - has already flagged that they'll be slashing jobs as a result of these cuts. We still don't have details of how many jobs will go.

"This uncertainty must be difficult for staff, who are being forced to watch all of this play out in the media.

"The NGA and our other cultural institutions are critical to Canberra's tourism industry. These cuts will not just cost jobs - they'll also have an impact on the quality of our cultural life.

"Today's reports are just the latest in a series of reports about cuts, privatisation and outsourcing from a government that has shown disdain for the public service.

"We're calling on the government to recognise the long-term damage these cuts will do and restore funding to the National Gallery."

Contact: Maiy Azize – 02 6108 4516 or 0421 281 400