About this webpost: Editor’s note

Much of the material has come from participants in an email group that has functioned since May 1, 2016. Their comments and suggestions have been collated, edited and supplemented by other consensus material from sources such as
https://powerhouse museumalliance.com/ and the Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse/.

There are over 120 members of the email group, including museum volunteers, employees, ex-employees and ex-trustees, and also young professionals, contractors and others who fear to express their opinions openly because they are attacking the establishment and feel that such an action may, for example, prejudice future employment or affect present relationships with hard-working museum staff. Evidence supporting this statement is available to independent observers and is the only material related to this booklet that is held confidential. The facts as stated need to be assessed, not their source.

In this posting ‘we’ refers to this group, but the input has, of necessity, been edited, and I accept full responsibility for the accuracy of statements made. If you have any queries on this matter, contact me at tomlockley@gmail.com and I will do my best to help.

In the world of post-truth and Donald Trump, this booklet makes strenuous efforts to ensure that what we are saying is factual. Detailed references are supplied. Accurate and comprehensive information is also available on https://powerhousemuseumalliance.com/ and there are many resources on the our website http://maasbusinesscase.com/. and on many Government websites, notably the records of the Upper House inquiry into Museums and Galleries, (henceforward ‘Inquiry’, https://www.parliament. nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries.

As can be seen on http://maasbusinesscase.com/questions% 20asked/questions_directory.htm we have consistently asked for clarification of basic issues, with little response. It is our suspicion that the professional workers have prepared responses to our questions but that the politicians have delayed the release of the relevant information.

Whether this is true or not, the fact is that the Government has been very reticent in releasing information and particularly reticent in releasing answers to these basic questions. Hence this effort to bring some clarity to the matter.

 

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