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Powerhouse in the state government firing line again

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04.08.2017

Why does the state government hate the Powerhouse Museum?

Why is it so set upon spending millions, possibly billions, of dollars better used elsewhere (on addressing homelessness for instance) on a senseless relocation of a much-loved and unique institution from its current iconic site?

Why is it willing to spend $240 million to allow the Art Gallery of NSW to expand by encroaching on public land on the Domain while forcing the city's only science, design and technology museum out of Darling Harbour, the tourist epicentre of Sydney?

Why doesn't the Powerhouse enjoy the esteem and status bestowed on other cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery or the MCA?

What is it about the Powerhouse that has seen successive state governments determined to emasculate it with ruthless budget cuts, efficiency dividends and nonstop speculation about relocation that no other institution has to wear?

Instead of cherishing a cultural institution whose diverse collection of trains, frocks, engines, jewellery, musical instruments, computers and many other examples of humankind's ingenuity and creativity ought to make it a national treasure, the place has been subjected to decades of being demeaned and bullied.

Most recently, in February 2015, Mike Baird,........

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