18 December 2018
MEDIA RELEASE: No taxpayer handout for Sydney Theatre Royal
Instead of prioritising public funds for essential public services and infrastructure to meet the needs of Sydney’s growing population, NSW taxpayers may be forced to provide handsome handouts to the privately-owned Theatre Royal, notes The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member grassroots advocacy group representing Australia’s taxpayers.
“We’re a tad confused that NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin acknowledges that public expense isn’t necessary to re-open Sydney’s Theatre Royal when there is private capital investment available, yet still refuses to rule out subsidies footed by hardworking NSW taxpayers who already pay through the nose every year in stamp duty and payroll tax.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy.
“We also find it strange that NSW Labor has pre-emptively offered bipartisan support for the handouts despite otherwise rightly calling for funds to be prioritised for schools and hospitals over the Berejiklian government’s expensive stadium knockdown-and-rebuild plan.
“While we all appreciate the Arts, the ATA calls for the NSW government and opposition to rule out subsidies for the Theatre Royal. There is no reason why hardworking NSW families should be forced to foot the bill for extravagant theatre renovations or re-openings when there is private sector investment available.”