Our cultural institutions are the keepers of Australia’s national memory. Labor believes our stories and history are too important to be lost to anonymity.
Trove is a unique and important online repository that has been gutted by the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cuts to national institutions.
Trove’s future is under threat because the Abbott-Turnbull Government cut $6 million from the National Library of Australia as part of the $37 million it ripped from our cultural institutions in 2015.
Without the resources to continually update and maintain Trove as a database, it will become increasingly obsolete and irrelevant as time goes on, before ultimately withering away. The loss of an innovative resource such as Trove works against Australia’s transition to a knowledge based economy.
That is why a Shorten Labor Government will restore Trove with $12 million in funding. We will not let this important national resource die away because of a lack of investment in our national cultural institutions.