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Gross mismanagement of Government Funds

By Wrongpriorities2012 - 15 October 2012 86

Public art in canberra
How is it okay for the government to waste so much of our money on Public Art in Canberra?

The “scrap metal” on the Gungahlin drive cost us $750,000 !!!!

Imagine you had $750,000 …… what could you do with it? Surely you could do more than buy a scrap pile of metal? The government should be treating our money as their own and spend it wisely.

I hope the rest of the public pick this up off the signs on the Public Art today.

public art in canberra
[ED. photos sent in by Jess]

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Gross mismanagement of Government Funds
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p996911turbo 9:16 am
15 Oct 12
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This topic seems to come up all the time on RiotACT.

You know what? If I had as much money as the ACT Government, I probably would spend rather a lot on art.

I don’t think they’re getting good value ($750k should probably buy more than one artwork) but I don’t think it’s such a bad idea.

I also rather like the sculpture you’re referring to.

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Bcs 9:16 am
15 Oct 12
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This is another disgusting attack on the arts by the ACT Liberals who have no cultural foresight. People didn’t “get” Blue Poles when it was purchased by the NGA in 1973, however it has become a loved icon of Australia’s cultural development. Of course you still don’t have to like it, just as not everyone has to love every piece of public art, but what a boring city this would be if all our public art was just bronze statues of Mal Meninga!

Vibrant cultures need a healthy arts/creative sector, just look anywhere in the world for examples. Get a bit of cultural foresight Liberals, and stop attacking the arts as indulgent or wasteful. Arts are crucial to culture.

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Mothy 9:41 am
15 Oct 12
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“The government should be treating our money as their own”

Erm, no. Am sure I know what you mean, that funds could be allocated to other government priorities, but that sentence you’ve used means something altogether different, and depending on the individual, could see the city adorned with a bit more art than you seem to expect.

Saw the signs on Gungahlin Drive today (sorry, no photo) and do you know what my first thought was?

Gee – I wonder which party is responsible for that piece of advertising during an election campaign. Wasn’t prepared to go back and look for fine print, name and address on the bottom.

Me personally, I don’t mind a bit of art here and there. The Sheep, the running dogs, the (regularly vandalized) little fat men reading on the stairs in civic for example.

But at the same time I am always surprised that art like this can be bought on the government purse, but hospitals fund raise for neonatal intensive care beds. Yes yes, doing X with the hospital funding budget and knowing you can do Y with fundraising and public appeals is all very logical… but why does the need exist in the first place?

Bcs said :

…but what a boring city this would be if all our public art was just bronze statues of Mal Meninga!

I certainly agree with that.

But I have to wonder at the value attached to “culture” and “cultural foresight”, apparently with disregard to cost, when you don’t have to look far to find someone in need in the ACT.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:47 am
15 Oct 12
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Are you the person that put the black plastic with crudely painted writing next to the sculpture at the top of Coleman court?
Not doing your party and favours.

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jess_87 10:01 am
15 Oct 12
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$750,000 for a stack of metal poles sticking out in odd directions?!!!? You have to be joking!!!!!! That is more than the average Canberra house!!!!

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jess_87 10:04 am
15 Oct 12
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p996911turbo said :

You know what? If I had as much money as the ACT Government, I probably would spend rather a lot on art.

I also don’t really understand this comment. “As much money as the ACT Government”… the ACT Government is in deficit! Maybe this would be justifiable if there was a surplus and the Government was supporting local artists.

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Mothy 10:06 am
15 Oct 12
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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Are you the person that put the black plastic with crudely painted writing next to the sculpture at the top of Coleman court?
Not doing your party and favours.

Matches the description of the signs on the GDE this morning.

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schmeah 10:14 am
15 Oct 12
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Oh well what do we have here, another poster who establishes an account for the sole purpose of election time ranting …

I don’t mind where people have an established account and occasionally post about election policies, events or raise legitimate issues with the ACT Government policies/administration or Liberal happenings but this is just getting ridiculous.

I’m with others who have suggested the Libs should pay the Riot Act advertising monies, instead of just using the forum to have a fat cry about every piece of election junk mail that lands in their mail box ..

Snore x a zillion

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brynarose 10:27 am
15 Oct 12
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Just out of interest, does anyone know if there is any curatorial process in deciding which artworks are purchased by the ACT government? As in, who is deciding which works to buy? I’m all for public art, however I feel if there is going to be upwards of $750.000 spent on these artworks I would hope that the artworks are carefully considered for purposes of aesthetics and value by people actually involved and knowledgeable in the arts and not just bureaucrats.

I should probably research this more, but if anyone could point me in the right direction to finding out this information I’d really appreciate it.

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Duffbowl 10:30 am
15 Oct 12
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Can we have the election now, just to stop the various astroturfing party hacks from regurgitating the constant bile of “look at them, they are rubbish”?

And to quote from one of my favourite authors:

‘Multiple exclamation marks,’ he went on, shaking his head, ‘are a sure sign of a diseased mind.’ — Eric

‘And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.’ — Maskerade

Wrongpriorities2012 uses four.
jess_87 uses six and four.
I suggest both of you seek professional help; I believe Mr Pocock may have an appointment or two available :)

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virgil99 10:31 am
15 Oct 12
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If you, or your group are responsible for these signs, I really don’t know what you are trying to achieve. I saw the one at Yarra Glen this morning. Amateurish, already half fallen down and a blatant risk to road safety. I think should be removed for public safety reasons.
I like the public art. I accept that there is reason for debate, but there is a right way to do this. Ugly black plastic, blowing in the breeze would seem unlikely to contribute to the bigger issue.

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p996911turbo 10:36 am
15 Oct 12
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jess_87 said :

I also don’t really understand this comment. “As much money as the ACT Government”… the ACT Government is in deficit! Maybe this would be justifiable if there was a surplus and the Government was supporting local artists.

My point was that in the total amount of money spent by the ACT Government, the amount spent on art is not disproportionate or unreasonable.

Whether the government is running in surplus or deficit is a more complex issue than “They’re spending everything on art! Oh noes!” One $750k sculpture will not bring the budget back into surplus.

To suggest that all public artworks should go unfunded because the budget is in deficit is just foolish.

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colourful sydney rac 11:08 am
15 Oct 12
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*yawn* obvious newbie Liberal Hack, is obvious.

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Thumper 11:18 am
15 Oct 12
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schmeah said :

Oh well what do we have here, another poster who establishes an account for the sole purpose of election time ranting …

I don’t mind where people have an established account and occasionally post about election policies, events or raise legitimate issues with the ACT Government policies/administration or Liberal happenings but this is just getting ridiculous.

I’m with others who have suggested the Libs should pay the Riot Act advertising monies, instead of just using the forum to have a fat cry about every piece of election junk mail that lands in their mail box ..

Snore x a zillion

+1

And it would seem that the first two posters on this thread are also political blow-ins.

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Growling Ferret 11:37 am
15 Oct 12
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Party hacks astroturfing one of the more intelligent (generally) and vibrant on line communities in the most educated city in the country doesn’t show much respect for their audience.

A pox on all of them.

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