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Minister for the Arts (New South Wales)

Minister for the Arts
Incumbent
John Graham
since 28 March 2023 (2023-03-28)
Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holderGeorge Freudenstein
(Minister for Cultural Activities)
Formation11 March 1971

The Minister for the Arts is a Minister of the Crown in the New South Wales Government who has responsibilities for the administration and support for the arts in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The portfolio was abolished in 2019 and merged into the portfolio of Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts;[1] and reinstated in December 2021.[2] [3]

The minister administer the portfolio through Create NSW (formerly Arts NSW) within the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as well as a range of additional government agencies.

Ultimately, the minister is responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Office history

The role of an 'arts' minister, overseeing the management and support for all cultural activities in New South Wales, before the early 1970s was an unheard of concept in politics. However, by the early 1970s, various governments in Australia recognised the need for a steering authority for state support for the arts. In response, premier Bob Askin appointed George Freudenstein as the first Minister for Cultural Activities+ on 11 March 1971. This coincided with the appointment of the first federal minister with a responsibility for the arts on 10 March and a Minister for Cultural Affairs in Western Australia on 3 March 1971. Premier of Victoria Rupert Hamer commissioned himself with a ministry of the arts in 1972 and South Australia followed suit on 18 September 1979.

On his appointment Freudenstein requested the establishment of an organisation to enable him to carry out his responsibilities and the Premier agreed. On 13 May 1971 the "Ministry of Cultural Activities" was established, taking over responsibility for various legislation and bodies that had previously been under the purview of the Department of Education, including the Archives Office of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, State Library of New South Wales, Australian Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney Observatory, the Advisory Committee on Cultural Grants, NSW Film Council, and the Sydney Opera House Trust. In the case of the opera house, the Ministry had responsibility for its completion and final official opening on 20 October 1973.[4] With Freudenstein's departure on 3 January 1975, a new Minister for Culture, Sport and Recreation was appointed and on 6 January 1975, the Ministry of Cultural Activities was replaced by the new "Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation".[5]

This arrangement lasted until 14 May 1976 when the new Labor Government of Neville Wran transferred the responsibility for cultural activities to the Premier's Department. This became the "Cultural Activities Division" under the administration of the Premier himself.[5] This situation continued until 1984, when Wran established the "Office of the Minister for the Arts" within the Premier's Department and commissioned himself with the title of Minister for the Arts. On 15 June 1988 a "Ministry for the Arts" independent of the Premier's Department was established.[6] This ministry was abolished on 3 March 2006 and its responsibilities were moved to the new "Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation".[7] Arts NSW became the new dedicated division for the Minister and it transferred to "Communities NSW" in July 2009 and then the "Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services" from 4 April 2011.[8] From the appointment of Troy Grant as the minister in 2014 (who also served as Minister for Justice and Police), Arts NSW came within the Justice Department.

Following the 2019 state election the portfolio responsibilities were transferred to the Premier and Cabinet cluster, with Create NSW (formerly Arts NSW) administered through the Department of Premier and Cabinet, a department of the Government of New South Wales.[1][9] In December 2021, the portfolio responsibilities and Create NSW were transferred to the new Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade.

List of ministers

Arts

The following individuals have served as Minister for Arts and any precedent titles:

Ministerial title Minister [9] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Cultural Activities George Freudenstein   Country Askin (4) (5) (6) 11 March 1971 3 January 1975 3 years, 298 days [9]
Minister for Culture, Sport and Recreation John Barraclough   Liberal Lewis (1) (2) 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 1 year, 20 days
David Arblaster Willis 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 82 days
Minister for the Arts Neville Wran   Labor Wran (6) (7) (8) 10 February 1984 4 July 1986 2 years, 144 days [9]
Frank Walker Unsworth 4 July 1986 21 March 1988 1 year, 261 days
Peter Collins   Liberal Greiner (1) (2)
Fahey (1) (2) (3)
25 March 1988 4 April 1995 7 years, 10 days
Bob Carr   Labor Carr (1) (2) (3) (4) 4 April 1995 3 August 2005 10 years, 121 days
Bob Debus Iemma (1) 3 August 2005 2 March 2007 1 year, 211 days
Frank Sartor Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 156 days
Nathan Rees Rees 8 September 2008 4 December 2009 1 year, 87 days
Virginia Judge Keneally 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 116 days
George Souris   National O'Farrell 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 20 days
Troy Grant Baird (1) (2) 23 April 2014 30 January 2017 2 years, 282 days
Don Harwin   Liberal Berejiklian (1) 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 3 years, 76 days [10][11][12]
Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations,
Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts
Berejiklian (2) 2 April 2019 15 April 2020 [13][14]
Gladys Berejiklian (acting) 15 April 2020 3 July 2020 79 days [15][16]
Don Harwin Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
3 July 2020 21 December 2021 1 year, 171 days [17]
Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin   National Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [2]
John Graham   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 incumbent 1 year, 77 days

Music and the Night-time Economy

Ministerial title Minister [9] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy John Graham   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 (2023-03-28) incumbent 1 year, 69 days

Assistant Ministers

Ministerial title Minister [9] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts Bob Debus   Labor Carr (1) (2) (3) 13 March 1996 2 April 2003 7 years, 20 days
Frank Sartor Carr (4) 2 April 2003 3 August 2005 2 years, 123 days
Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts Virginia Judge   Labor Rees 8 September 2008 4 December 2009 1 year, 87 days

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Changes to NSW ministerial arrangements". NSW Government. 3 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Cultural Activities". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Ministry for the Arts". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Arts NSW". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  10. ^ "NSW reshuffle: Gladys Berejiklian axes Adrian Piccoli and Duncan Gay from cabinet". The Guardian. Australia. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  11. ^ Robertson, James (28 January 2017). "Anthony Roberts, Brad Hazzard take key roles in Gladys Berejiklian reshuffle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  14. ^ "NSW Arts Minister resigns after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules". ABC News. 10 April 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Ministers and Public Service Agencies) Order 2020" (PDF). 15 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  16. ^ Wake, Caroline (7 May 2020). "Carriageworks was in trouble before coronavirus - but this crisis could be an opportunity". The Conversation. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  17. ^ "NSW Police boss hits back after former Arts minister Don Harwin gets off coronavirus fine". ABC News. 3 July 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
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