The federal budget can’t be all things to all people, of course. Although the 2017 budget is chock-full of sweeteners, grants and boondoggles (almost as if the Prime Minister were unpopular with the electorate and was facing challenges for his leadership), there are always going to some people who will not be better off.


Museum goers: There is an additional $8.2 million in this budget for the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. And there is an addiional $13.9 million for the Maritime Museum, $13.6 million for Old Parliament House and $3.9 million for the Film and Sound Archive to undertake extensive capital works to improve access and better maintain their collections.