New Minister to end attacks on the arts

Newly appointed Minister for the Arts Tony Burke MP is keen to support Australia’s creative sector and puts consultation on the agenda.
Tony Burke MP smiles at the camera.

‘The nine-year political attack on the arts and entertainment sector is now over. The neglect, the contempt and the sabotage of the previous government has ended,’ Tony Burke MP, Australia’s newly appointed Minister for the Arts, announced on Wednesday.

‘I am determined to deliver a better future for Australia’s creative sector,’ Burke added.

The Member for Watson in NSW (a seat which includes the Sydney suburbs of Ashfield, Campsie, Greenacre, Kingsgrove, Lakemba, Punchbowl, Rookwood and Strathfield South), Burke has a long association with the arts, including serving as Minister for the Arts in 2013, and seven years as Shadow Arts Minister.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts