New Minister for the Arts appointed by PM

Paul Fletcher, the Liberal Member for Bradfield, has replaced Victorian Senator Mitch Fifield as Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts.
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Elected to Parliament in 2009, Paul Fletcher MP has been appointed Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new cabinet.

The Member for Bradfield on Sydney’s North Shore, Fletcher previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications between September 2013 and September 2015, as part of the Abbott Government.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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