email from Diana Gribble…

This story is bullshit, see my comments below.
Di

If you can get them to talk about it tomorrow my friends
are incensed at what is happening in the opera world.

After much
lobbying from Melbourne Opera (the group you will be seeing tomorrow) the
Government set up a committee to decide what should be done and setting aside $7
million for opera in Victoria.

The committee was headed by Richard
Mills, who lives in Sydney [no it wasn’t it was headed by
Jonathan Mills who lives in Melbourne] and is closely connected with
Opera Australia. He is also a composer of operas which (politely) are of the
sort of music no one wants to listen to.

Surprise ! The committee
recommended that the money be used to establish an organisation to put on new
operas. [no it didn’t it recommended a repertoire for the
new company that would contain old and new operas – a repertoire speciaifcally
designed to be different from Opera Australia so that melbourne would get max
benefit from both companies]. Not only did Mary Delahunty go along with
this but she appointed Mills the director [no she didn’t she
appointed Richard Gill, who comes from Sydney].

There was no
advertising of the position of director and of course in chairing the committee
Mills has a massive conflict of interest. The Melbourne opera community is
spitting chips. But most are not willing to talk publicly. See if you can get
Primrose Potter on the subject. She may open up. My friends may talk off the
record. [Mary D asked Primrose P to be patron and both were
bypassed by Bracks in announcing appointments: that’s why Prim is spitting
chips].

Regards

Diana

If you can get them to talk about it tomorrow my friends are incensed at what is
happening in the opera world.

After much lobbying from Melbourne Opera (the group you will be seeing tomorrow)
the Government set up a committee to decide what should be done and setting
aside $7 million for opera in Victoria.

The committee was headed by Richard Mills, who lives in Sydney and is closely
connected with Opera Australia. He is also a composer of operas which (politely)
are of the sort of music no one wants to listen to.

Surprise ! The committee recommended that the money be used to establish an
organisation to put on new operas. Not only did Mary Delahunty go along with
this but she appointed Mills the director.

There was no advertising of the position of director and of course in chairing
the committee Mills has a massive conflict of interest. The Melbourne opera
community is spitting chips. But most are not willing to talk publicly. See if
you can get Primrose Potter on the subject. She may open up. My friends may talk
off the record.

Regards

Diana

Andrew Bolt had this short piece in yesterday’s Herald Sun arguing that Victoria is the most left wing state in the country.

This ties in with The 7.30 Reportstory on Tuesday night asking why books about Labor issues and figures always sell so much better than Liberal Party books.