Cuts to cultural institutions must be reversed

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The ACT Greens have called on the Government to reverse its cuts to Canberra's cultural institutions.

"The Turnbull government is cutting $50 million out of Canberra's cultural institutions. That means that more skilled Canberrans will be losing their jobs in the next year" said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

Ms Hobbs was responding to reports of a leaked email from the National Library's director-general. It predicts that more jobs will be lost in the coming years as a result of funding cuts.

"Organisations like the National Library spend a big proportion of their budgets on staff. That means they've had no alternative but to look at job losses to deal with the government's cuts.

"The National Library is only the first institution to predict the number of jobs to be lost as a result of these cuts.

"The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Film and Sound Archive have also flagged that they'll be slashing jobs as a result of these cuts - but 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.

"Australia's historic and cultural institutions play an important role and 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.

"Yesterday's leak is 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 our cultural institutions."

Contact: Maiy Azize - 02 6108 4516 or 0421 281 400​