Spending $1.5 billion to relocate the Powerhouse Museum would be an act of cultural vandalism, says the Parliamentary Inquiry into Museums and Galleries.

An interim report handed down today has called on the Coalition Government to release the full business case associated with the proposed move. The committee has also called on Premier Berejiklian and former Premier Baird to face the inquiry.

Greens MP and Deputy Chair of the Committee David Shoebridge said:                

“This report makes clear that there is no evidence, no business case and no community support for moving the Powerhouse.

“This is an act of cultural vandalism that will cost $1.5 billion without a business case to even support it.

“The Powerhouse Museum is a beloved Sydney icon, any proposal to relocate it must be backed up by evidence and a strong business case.

“If the NSW government has $1.5 billion to spend on this, it should be redirected to giving Parramatta it’s own unique museum.

“Parramatta has deserves a museum that celebrates its amazing Indigenous and migrant history. The Powerhouse with all of its industrial history does not need to be relocated.

“Premier Berejiklian has refused to even face the inquiry to explain her government’s decision to relocate this treasured museum, the committee has made clear that it will recall her and former Premier Baird to give evidence.

“Now that former Premier Baird is a private citizen the committee has the power to issue a subpoena and compel him to face the committee.