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NLA considering staff, programming cuts

National Library of Australia (NLA) is considering cuts to staff numbers and programming in response to budget cuts imposed by the federal government, reports the Guardian.

NLA director-general Anne-Marie Schwirtlich told a Senate estimates hearing on 9 February that she would look to cut eight to 10 jobs out of the library’s 403 full-time staff and would also consider savings in programming.

In the 2015 midyear economic update the federal government announced a three percent efficiency dividend on cultural and collecting institutions, amounting to a $36.8m cut over four years.

The ACT’s chief minister Andrew Barr has written to the prime minister asking him to stop ‘bashing Canberra … and using cultural institutions as a political plaything’.



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