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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 106 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 February 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


106. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Culture and the Arts:

Events in recent years suggest an increased influence by China over our state theatre. Recently, the Perth Theatre Trust apologised to the Chinese Consul General for a performance that simply displayed a Taiwanese flag. The Perth Theatre Trust also recently denied Shen Yun the opportunity to perform at the State Theatre Centre, saying it only allows Australian content, despite partnering with the Chinese Confucius Institute in 2018 to host the Beijing Dance Academy.

(1) Has the government received any requests from the Chinese Consul General to deny Shen Yun performing in state government theatres?

(2) Does the government stand by the Perth Theatre Trust's decision to not allow Shen Yun to book a state government theatre?

(3) Will the government allow Shen Yun or its agents to book a state government venue to perform in 2021 and beyond?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(3) As previously stated in the minister's answer to question without notice 64 answered on 13 February 2020, the Perth Theatre Trust did not apologise to China; rather, it acknowledged the concern of the Consul General. The Perth Theatre Trust has not received any request from the Chinese Consul General to deny Shen Yun performing in state theatres. The government stands by Perth Theatre Trust decisions to program the use of state government theatres in line with venue availability and programming policy.