Albanese Govt appoints Special Envoy for the Arts

Susan Templeman MP, the Federal Member for Macquarie, will be promoting and supporting the arts in her newly created role.
Susan Templeman MP smiles for the camera. She wears a blue shirt, glasses, and has brown hair.

Signalling the Albanese Government’s commitment to and support of the Australian arts sector, Susan Templeman MP, the Federal Member for Macquarie, has been appointed to the new role of Special Envoy for the Arts.

Templeman’s appointment was announced in the same week that Tony Burke MP was formally sworn in as Federal Minister for the Arts.

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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