CSO cries for parity with Darwin

johnboy 16 May 2009 7

The Canberra Times is giving air to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s pleas to get the same Commonwealth funding as the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

Maybe if there was a hope in hell of Labor losing a seat here there would be similar hope of getting the goodies.

Sad but true.

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7 Responses to CSO cries for parity with Darwin
Thumper Thumper 11:10 am 19 May 09

Ah, the McMullinator.

To be released only in times of an election.

CHackett CHackett 10:35 am 19 May 09

Classy debate folks! Feel free to argue for more more funding for the Canberra Orchestra but you don’t have to drag the Darwin Orchestra down to do it.

The nearest publicly funded orchestra to Darwin is 3000 km away in Adelaide. Some of their funding goes to make possible playing in places like Alice Springs 1500 km away, in bush communities and remote parks to appreciative audiences that also travel huge distances to see them.

I’m sure the CSO does a great job but I doubt they ever get off the sealed roads to go and play and there are a few other orchestras within 3000 km of Canberra.

For what it’s worth it was the Howard government that bumped up the funding for the Darwin Orchestra and they still lost the Darwin seat at the 2007 election. The Federal funding for the DSO is about a third of what they get from the NT (Labor) government.

monomania monomania 5:55 pm 18 May 09

And what have our federal reps Bob McMullen, Kate Lundy, Annette Ellis and Gary Humphries had to say about it? At least you knew that Margaret Reid was out and about.

DarkLadyWolfMother DarkLadyWolfMother 8:10 am 18 May 09

The skulls of animals, in order of their evolution.

Ian Ian 10:30 pm 16 May 09

Lagerphone + didge

Mr Evil Mr Evil 6:49 pm 16 May 09

Darwin has an orchestra?

What do they play – empty beer bottles?

Ian Ian 6:35 pm 16 May 09

So the smart thing to do would be to organise ourselves collectively to turn both Fraser and Canberra into marginal seats. So 10-15% of Labor voters need to vote Liberal even though they don’t really mean it, just to make things nice and marginal – then watch the pork roll in.

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