Minister for the Arts (Australia)

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Minister for the Arts
George Brandis.jpg
Incumbent
George Brandis

since 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Peter Howson
Formation 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10)

The Australian Minister for the Arts is Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC.

The minister administers the portfolio through the Department of the Prime minister and Cabinet.[1]

List of arts ministers[edit]

The only minister before Simon Crean to have the title of Minister for the Arts was Bob McMullan between 24 March 1993 and 25 March 1994. However, "Arts" has appeared in several ministerial titles since Peter Howson was appointed Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts on 10 March 1971. The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for the Arts, or any of its precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Peter Howson   Liberal McMahon Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 270 days
2 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
3 Tony Staley Liberal Fraser Minister assisting the Prime Minister in matters concerning the Arts 16 August 1976 (1976-08-16) 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 1 year, 126 days
4 Barry Cohen Labor Hawke Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Environment 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 2 years, 223 days
5 John Brown Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 18 December 1987 (1987-12-18) 147 days
6 Graham Richardson 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 75 days
7 Ros Kelly 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 2 years, 354 days
Keating Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
8 Bob McMullan Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 30 January 1994 (1994-01-30) 312 days
9 Michael Lee Minister for Communications and the Arts 30 January 1994 (1994-01-30) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 2 years, 41 days
10 Richard Alston Liberal Howard 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 7 years, 210 days
Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21)
Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)
11 Daryl Williams 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 285 days
12 Helen Coonan 18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 3 years, 138 days
13 Peter Garrett Labor Rudd Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 8 March 2010 (2010-03-08) 2 years, 285 days
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts 8 March 2010 (2010-03-08) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
Gillard 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
14 Simon Crean Minister for the Arts 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 2 years, 192 days
15 Tony Burke 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 26 June 2013 (2013-06-26) 3 years, 4 days
Rudd 26 June 2013 (2013-06-26) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
16 George Brandis Liberal Abbott 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) Incumbent 219 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second Gillard Ministry". Australian Government. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013.