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Prime Minister Turnbull links arts and communications and restores tourism minister in new ministry

Prime Minister Turnbull links arts and communications and restores tourism minister in new ministry
September 21, 2015

Newly installed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s first ministry has restored the role of Federal Tourism Minister and moved the role of Arts Minister from controversial Attorney General George Brandis: linking the arts portfolio with that of communications.

The appointment of Victorian Senator Mitch Fifield as Minister for Communications and Minister for Arts ends the controversial reign of Senator Brandis, who oversaw huge cuts to the Australia Council in favour of his own funding body, the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA)

Senator Brandis' new body was to claw $104.7 million previously allocated by the Australia Council for the Arts but, in the wake of an ongoing Senate inquiry has yet to be established.

The Federal Labor Party had described the NPEA as a "slush fund" and "private arts fiefdom".

The return of the tourism portfolio to the Prime Minister Turnbull’s ministry has been welcomed by  tourism lobby group Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).

However, TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond has cautioned that the decision to leave the Tourism Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck, out of cabinet means tourism will continue to need strong support and advocacy from senior cabinet ministers Foreign  Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb.

Osmond stated “tourism … must be seen at all times in a whole-of-government context (and) I would like to warmly welcome Senator Colbeck to the tourism industry, an area with which I would expect him to have an innate affinity being from Tasmania, a state which continues to innovate and lead in this vital economic portfolio.

"Tourism will sit underneath the cabinet cluster of Foreign Affairs with Ms Bishop and Trade and Investment with Mr Robb, senior ministers who have a strong grasp of the issues facing our industry both domestically and internationally.

“The appointment to the role of Treasurer of Scott Morrison, who has a strong background in tourism and who understands its importance as a driver of the economy and a generator of jobs, will also be a positive development for our industry.

"In a similar sense, TTF supports the appointment of Jamie Briggs as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. Our cities must be productive and liveable if we expect travellers from around the globe to come here and spend money."

Sussan Ley remains as Minister for Health and Sport while Greg Hunt remains Minister for the Environment.

16th September 2015 - TTF CALLS FOR NEW PRIME MINISTER TURNBULL TO RESTORE TOURISM MINISTER PORTFOLIO

2nd July 2015 - ARTS MINISTER BRANDIS TO HAVE FINAL SAY ON NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS FUNDING

19th June 2015 - SENATE TO LAUNCH INQUIRY INTO NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS

13th May 2015 - FEDERAL BUDGET TAKES $100 MILLION FROM AUSTRALIA COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH ARTS EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

11th June 2014 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR 'ABANDONING' TOURISM

The new Turnbull ministry:  

Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Government in the Senate and Attorney-General: George Brandis 
Leader of the House: Christopher Pyne
Minister for Foreign Affairs: Julie Bishop
Minister for Women, Minister for Employment and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service: Michaelia Cash
Minister for Indigenous Affairs: Nigel Scullion
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister: Warren Truss
Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia (Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects): Josh Frydenberg
Minister for Trade and Investment: Andrew Robb
Minister for International Development and the Pacific: Steven Ciobo  
Minister for Tourism and International Education: Richard Colbeck
Minister for Justice: Michael Keenan
Minister for Small Business: Kelly O’Dwyer
Minister for Finance: Mathias Cormann  
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources: Barnaby Joyce
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science: Christopher Pyne
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection: Peter Dutton
Minister for the Environment: Greg Hunt
Minister for Health and Sport: Sussan Ley
Minister for Rural Health: Fiona Nash
Minister for Defence: Marise Payne
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs: Stuart Robert
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science: Mal Brough
Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government: Mitch Fifield
Minister for Social Services: Christian Porter
Minister for Human Services: Stuart Robert
Minister for Education and Training: Simon Birmingham
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills: Luke Hartsuyker 
Cabinet Secretary: Arthur Sinodinos
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism: Michael Keenan
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister: Alan Tudge
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister:James McGrath
Assistant Minister for Productivity: Peter Hendy
Assistant Cabinet Secretary: Scott Ryan


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