The Canberra Times is carrying allegations by Helen Moore, of the Australian National University Choral Society that government funded arts organisations are keeping quiet on the Fitters’ Workshop mess for fear of losing their funding.
Ms Moore told the multi-party committee that arts groups were afraid to speak out for fear of losing government funding.
”ANU Choral Society is one of the few arts organisations that is not beholden to the ACT government for its livelihood and funding and other people feel very threatened about making overt criticisms of plans the government has so clearly endorsed,” Ms Moore told the committee.
”I can think of two people I will not name who have told me that if it was known that they had spoken to me, they would lose their livelihoods.
”I know second-hand of one person who was told her contract would be torn up if it was known what she said.”
Which sadly is how business is done in Canberra these days.
If you don’t want to take the Queen’s orders don’t go taking her shilling.