MAAS Documents site.... No frills, just stuff.
This is not a Government or MAAS website: it is not the policy of the government
to provide basic information to the people. The museum authorities have asked me
to make it clear that divulging this information is not approved by them. details
Note: 19 July. Some Government papers, mainly those
relating to the Inquiries, have been withdrawn from this website on the advice
of the Legislative Council Office. If what you want is not avaiable see
First Inquiry: Includes submissions, hansard of hearings,
reports and Government documents, and 'other documents' - usually answers to
questions on notice, and the final report and responses to it go to
For the current Inquiry the corresponding page is
Hansard for Parliament can be seen at
Time is getting short. We have been seeking an assurance that
no irrevocable action will be taken to initiate destruction till after the Coronavirus
crisis and after fortcoming Legislative Council Inquiry, but no such undertaking has
Bulletin 46 created a lot
of interest. Especially see
Jennifer Sanders' paper for the International Commission on Monuments and
Sites, 1 November 2019 and the final version of
Get ready for 2020:
In the light of the material that has come to light,
particularly through the massive Inquiry into Museums and Galleries conducted
under the auspices of the NSW Legislative Council, it is hard to believe that
any government could consider continiung with the 'move' idea. The key document
that has emerged unchallenged and that summarises the stupidity of the idea is
our one page summary.
The thrust of action now is to get this matter publicised, in
the hope that the FACTS might triumph over a distain for truth and openness that
has no place in Australian democracy.
This site now, as of July 23, contains the bulletins
sent to members of the email group associated with this website. Go to
The full business papers are still available as below.
The Business Case papers that were released in April-June
this year can be accessed
page. It may be desirable to read
this guide page first.
A 2014 'Business
Case' prepared for the upgrading of the museum in 2014. It was essentially
an ambit claim begun under director Rose Hiscock and obviously was the basis for
the claim in the Telegraph of 18 July 2018 that a SECRET report indicated that
huge amounts were needed to make the Powerhouse suitable for purpose. For
comment, see the Powerhouse Museum Alliance Website.
Thanks to the people who have commented: please also see
but if you are not happy to have your name on your comment send your
comments to me at
Latest addition: Material on the relationship between MAAS and the
Affiliated Organisations, 2012 to date. This follows a
very encouraging, very informal discussion with Ms Havilah on 7 February 2019
and is source material for information only at the present time. We welcome Ms
Havilah to MAAS and wish her a very long and happy association with the MAAS,
including the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo.
August 2018 we produced a briefing on the
Powerhouse 'move': nothing but the
facts (remember those?) see
this page. As of August 10
copies have been sent, with personalised covering letters, to all state MPs,
Parramatta Councillors, MAAS trustees and Inquiry participants. The booklet is
getting good 'word of mouth' and not all of them have been thrown in
the bin! Copies are also being sent to media outlets. There are some booklets
if you would like one, email
email@example.com and one will be mailed to you.
No valid responses have been received. Replies from the Government are either to
the effect that this is
project, totally ignoring our reasoned arguments, or letters stating that
the matter was
referred to the Arts Minister who also totally ignores our facts. Labor recipients emphasise
that the 'move' is no longer their policy, and Greens remain supportive.
Accordingly a succinct summary of the proven facts has been
prepared and will be circulated. We undertake to publicise any material received
from the Government that casts doubt on the stated facts or provides reasoned
argument why the conclusions we have drawn are invalid.
Latest additions include a summary of the position as regards Affiliated
Societies and the museum.
The aim of this website is to find what you need asap.
This search box covers the whole site: try the advanced link for complex
PLEASE NOTE: most documents are in the form of searchable .pdfs and Microsoft
Office Word files (.docx) and the docx files take a very long time to load. If a
document does not load, look for another file with an almost identical name and
also included are
Transcripts of Inquiry (pdf and word)
with other related materaial ;
Trust including Graham Quint's applications for heritage status
Another question is, does the Business Case answer any of the basic questions we
have been asking?
Here are the questions:
one page sheet
31 July 2017
booklet Questions directory is
Legalities: The MAAS act of 1945
Guidelines for Business Cases (both as Word files)
business case template.docx
Parramatta Council files
Parramatta Council minutes information and a wonderful article on
MAAS Annual Reports
last 10 years
Submissions to Inquiry
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