|Issue No 106||10 August 2001|
HIH Collapse Hits Arts Industry
Unions have called on the State and Federal Governments to come to assistance of a theatre that faces closure because its principal sponsor was the failed insurer HIH.
The Marion Street Theatre will close its doors before the end of the year if it does not receive emergency bridging finance after the collapse of the company, which had pledged the theatre $250,000 this year and $350,000 for 2002.
Theatre general manager and MEAA member Michael Huxley briefed the NSW Labor Council on the theatre's problems, warning its closure would lead to the loss of 70 full and part time jobs and leave a whole in the local community.
Huxley says the Carr Government should step in to support a theatre that has adopted its preferred arts policy framework by securing private funding that made it wholly self-reliant.
"This highlights the need for government art policies to consider a safety net for those companies which endeavour to seek private funds but end up in crisis through no fault of their own."
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Media: The Fine Print
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Human Rights: A People Besieged
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International: Postcard From Brazil
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Solidarity: On the Frontline
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Review: Living Silence
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