The Rann Government’s funding of the Australia Day Council of South Australia was the worst of any state or territory government in Australia.
“It is embarrassing to note that even the Northern Territory Government provides more than double the level of funding provided by the Rann Labor Government,” Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today.
Mr Lucas said the current level of funding by governments for the Australia Day Council in their state or territory is shown in the following table:
State or Territory State Government Grant State Government in-kind support Total
NSW $ 757,000 $ 40,000 $ 797,000
Vic $ 350,000 $ 250,000 $ 600,000
Qld $ 153,000 $ 140,000 $ 293,000
ACT $ 53,900 $ 150,000 $ 203,900
WA $ 95,162 $ 80,000 $ 175,162
Tas $ 50,000 $ 90,000 $ 140,000
NT $ 127,847 $ 10,000 $ 137,847
SA $ 60,000 $ – $ 60,000
Note: “In-kind support” includes office space, staff salaries, computers etc.
“This table shows clearly that the Rann Government’s funding support – at only $60,000 – is “mean and stingy” when compared to all other governments,” he said.
“Australia Day Councils in each state or territory play the critical role in organising Australia Day celebrations in each state. For example, in South Australia the Australia Day Council is responsible for organising the Australia Day CBD parade and concert, marketing campaign, Citizens of the Year awards, Ambassadors Programs and Australian of the Year awards and functions.
“On Australia Day this year about six million Australians will attend an organised Australia Day event and this will only be achieved through the tireless efforts of volunteers coordinated by the Australia Day Council.
“This Australia Day Premier Mike Rann should take the opportunity to increase funding to the Australia Day Council by $140,000 to $200,000, which would at least match the level of support provided by the ACT Government.
“This extra funding could be provided easily by Mr Rann simply removing just two of his almost 300 ‘Spin Doctors’ and other staff in his Ministerial offices.
“This should be a painless exercise for Mr Rann as he has increased the number of these staff by about 100 since he was elected.”