“Senator Humphries is being deliberately misleading to allege that the Australian War Memorial has had considerable funding cuts since 2007.
“The Memorial received $38 million from the Australian Government for ongoing costs.
“This funding is comparable with previous years funding, including under the former Coalition Government.”
Senator Kate Lundy today reaffirmed the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to our national cultural institutions.
“Our national institutions are treasured by the Canberra community and one of the reasons so many Australians visit the nation’s capital each year,” Senator Lundy said.
The Government has invested strongly in our national institutions, including the following commitments in this year’s budget:
— $7 million for capital expenditure to the National Museum,
— $4.5 million for capital expenditure for the High Court, and
— $112.9 million over 4 years plus $2 million per year from 2014-15 onwards to establish and maintain the Australian National Institute for Public Policy on the ANU campus.
I’m not entirely sure that a TAFE for public servants on the ANU campus is what the rest of Canberra thinks of as a national institution.
Some comparison of increases of funding would also be nicer than raw numbers.