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Fun first to go, arts bodies fear

Sydney Morning Herald
6 June 2000
Peter Gotting

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Sydney's cultural institutions are bracing themselves for the introduction of the GST, fearing patrons will desert leisure activities as prices rise.

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Conversely, the director of Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Brenda May, said GST uncertainty had caused a downturn in sales over the past two months.

"I think that people have pre-GST jitters," she said. "A lot of people are unsure of the full implications. People are really being a bit careful."

So the gallery for emerging artists had put on a pre-GST sale, reducing prices by 10 per cent as "a bit of a joke, really", she said." And it had a more serious purpose too: "We are hoping it will bring in a little bit extra money to tide the artists over."