Our State Government is morally and financially bankrupt. There is a lack of planning and budgets are cut to meet the whims of the day’s thoughts. One of the recent decisions by the Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling, to cut more than $1 million (annually over the next three years) from the State Library is just one example to this poor management. In South Australia our State library is a critical cultural centre for our history and for future generations.
I accept that management has the right to improve efficiencies, modify procedures and introduce change. That is how we develop and improve. However, this must be done in a planned and strategic manner, not with the slash of a political pen to cut financial support, in one area, to prop up poor decisions elsewhere in Government.
Yesterday (Wednesday September 8) I was in a doctor’s waiting room and picked up the August 2016 publication of Reader’s Digest. I haven’t read one of these magazines in years. On page 66 was an article: Inside the world’s most beautiful libraries. Under the current circumstances it grabbed my interest.
It listed nine impressive libraries around the world. None are in Australia, and according to Cornelia Kumfert, the author of this article, the closest one to Australia is in South Korea. I am not suggesting that our State Library, or even the Bar Smith Library, is of similar standards to those nine listed by Kumfert, but it does say something about how poorly our politicians treat our history, heritage and its value in to the future.
Yes ther are many worthwhile issues to support, health, public transport, the environment are just three. Yet without a history, the legacies from our past where is our culture, the values we hold dear and the legacy we bequith to our children and their children?
This is not a call to open your wallets, but to let your politicians know that our libraries are a vital part of our being and must be maintained. Change procedures, restructure, or what ever management sees as necessary, but don’t decimate 180 years of our histoy and tens of thousands of years of recorded Aboriginal heritage through poor polictical decisions.
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