Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Shocking isn't it, that the Greek government is "ruthlessly pursuing the Greek national interest"#, an accusation levelled by the German Social Democrat leader yesterday?
The necessary next step is straightforward: European governments and banks have to accept their share of responsibility for the Greek crisis and write down a percentage of Greece's debt. Otherwise the Greek people will continue to bear all the costs of the crisis.
For a fuller analysis, see the following:
The issue encapsulated: https://greekleftreview.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/all-we-are-saying-is-give-greece-a-chance/
Here's a clear analysis, from an investment banker, doing somewhat better than the German SD leader:
And a complementary analysis by Joseph Stiglitz: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/greece-referendum-troika-eurozone-by-joseph-e--stiglitz-2015-06
European bankers admit their Greek "solution" is bound to fail:
There are alternatives: https://greekleftreview.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/jacques-delors-comes-up-with-3-point-rescue-plan-for-greece/
For more analysis, and continuing coverage of the Greek crisis: https://greekleftreview.wordpress.com/
Friday, June 20, 2014
An urgent appeal to the citizens of Newcastle and the Hunter to send an email TODAY asking for an extended period for comment regarding radicle changes intended for Crown Lands Act.
Belinda Boyce | Senior Project Officer, Executive General Manager's Unit - Crown Lands
The deadline for submissions to the proposed changes to the Crown Land policy closes today. These changes will have a wide ranging effect on the management of Crown Land in NSW. The white paper proposes to transfer the management of Crown Lands to local councils to be managed under the Local Government Act and to abolish the Crown Lands ACT 1989. The emphasis seems to be on the way economic value can be added to the NSW economy through the use of Crown Land. It is vital that we put in as many submissions as possible. We have been waiting for advice from the EDO that will be available tomorrow. In the meantime we ask that you apply for an extension from Belinda Boyce. The document put out by the government has 46 and needs time to study; this should be reason enough for an extension.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
At a public meeting, held on Monday 24th March 2014, at 7pm Hunter Room, City Hall the following resolutions were unanimously passed by the 300+ participants who packed the room:
The meeting was organised by a group of Novocastrians who have become extremely distressed by the actions of the Newcastle City Council towards its major cultural assets of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum and the Civic Theatre. The meeting was chaired by Felicity Biggins, a well known and respected member of our community.
The organisers believe the new structure for the management of these assets is unworkable and will lead to their permanent long term impairment.
The agenda for the meeting included:
• an opportunity for people to express their views and experiences with these facilities and their staff
• an expression of appreciation for the work of Ron Ramsey, Judy Jaeger and the Art Gallery Foundation
• an accurate background to the Newcastle Art Gallery, Foundation and the Cultural Gifts Program, and an outline of what has occurred regarding the Whiteley sculpture
• an expression of appreciation to Wendy Whiteley
The cultural facilities in Newcastle, particularly the Art Gallery, have very strong community support and it is important that there was an opportunity to express this.
The committee consists of Allan Morris, Cathy Tate, Dawn Mullane, Linda Drummond, Bruce Wilson.
You can show your support by signing the new petition on change.org:
Some understanding of the nature of the gift and the rules that apply in such circumstances might help to clarify
|Judy Jaeger and Ron Ramsay|
The sea sun of 5 bells
366.4 x 179.0 x 9.8 cm
oil on gesso on board, 3 panels each|
Gift of Ann Lewis AO 2011
|Grounded 2009, a sculpture by renowned Sydney-based artist John Petrie|
Summer at Carcoar
244.0 x 198.7 cm
oil and mixed media on pineboard|
Gift of Dr William Bowmore AO, OBE through the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation 1977
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Helen de Bruyn writes:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a supporter of the Newcastle Art Gallery as well as a concerned citizen of Newcastle.
I have concerns about the lack of information regarding significant potential benefits to businesses in Newcastle from cultural tourism.
As someone who has always travelled for art, I know how much I spend on airfares, taxis, hire cars, accommodation, restaurants, shopping and on and on.
I know how little money I actually ever spend on entry to art exhibitions, the exhibitions are relatively inexpensive.
Please see attached information about the cultural tourism dollars in Adelaide as well as the link below - Sydney Morning Herald 4 April 2013 - about cultural tourism dollars in Canberra.
I am dismayed at the thought that the business community in Newcastle is unaware of potential tourism dollars that will certainly eventuate with a refurbished Newcastle Art Gallery.
I am dismayed that the business community stands to lose those significant cultural tourism dollars.
Some examples where art has changed cities would be:
- Bilbao, Spain - Guggenheim Art Gallery, drawing millions of visitors to a post industrial town.
- Hobart, Tasmania - MONA Significant numbers of out of state and International tourists to Tasmania, since the opening of MONA.
- Bendigo, NSW: Bendigo Art Gallery - Mounted the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition - organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
- Bendigo and Newcastle would be able to share art exhibitions as they are significantly far enough apart to draw visitors from different areas.
- Canberra, ACT - NGA, recently mounted the Toulouse-Lautrec Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition that brought an estimated $37 million to the Canberra business coffers.
If the planned deveopment of Newcastle Art Gallery went ahead, it would be able to mount significant exhibitions that would attract untold numbers of visitors to this region, who would then spend untold amounts of money, not only in the Art Gallery, but in the surrounding businesses.
Please do not let the redevelopment of the Newcastle Art Gallery slip through our fingers and deny Newcastle and the Newcastle business sector their opportunity to cash in on lucrative cultural tourism dollars.
This must surely appeal to the business minded?
Council will meet on Tuesday 9 April 2013 at 5.30pm in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall.
There is to be a vote on the decision to rescind the motion of support by Council (unanimous 12 February 2013) for the redevelopment of the Newcastle Art Gallery.
If you are concerned about the redevelopment of the Art Gallery, please attend the Council meeting or email the Liberal councillors (Cr Lisa Tierney firstname.lastname@example.org, Cr Sharon Waterhouse email@example.com, Cr Brad Luke firstname.lastname@example.org), independent Cr Andrea Rufo email@example.com Cr Allan Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Lord Mayor email@example.com to register your support for the Art Gallery to become the significant Newcastle bussiness driver it can and should be.
Sign the Petition here: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/newcastle-city-council-save-the-art-gallery-redevelopment-proposal#
Helen de Bruyn.