9 March 2016
Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for the Arts
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Dear Senator Fifield
I write on behalf of Oral History Australia to express our national membership's concern at the announcement of recent funding cuts to many of our national cultural institutions, including the National Library of Ausrtralia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.
All of these institutions are vital resources for our members. In particular the National Library's oral history collection to which our members have contributed, both as commissioned and volunteer interviewers, is of great significance to us, as is its extensive online research tool, Trove.
We ask you to reconsider your decision to cut funding to these invaluable institutions.
Dr Sue Anderson
President, Oral History Australia