Change of Arts Minister

Premier Campbell Newman announced on February 17 the appointment of Ian Walker to the Queensland Government Cabinet, as Minister for the Arts.

Mr Walker, a former law professional and Chair of the Board of Queensland’s chamber orchestra the “Camerata of St John’s”, said he was particularly excited at the prospect of once again being deeply involved in Queensland’s arts scene.

“I have had a long association and love of the arts. As Minister I want to see all aspects of our lively arts scene – from high culture to broad community participation – given the exposure and support it deserves,” Mr Walker said.

Former Arts Minister Ros Bates has stepped down only a week after announcing major arts reform in Queensland, at the landmark State of the Arts Forum.

Minister Bates decision to resign is reportedly due to health and family concerns.
‘Ros has done an outstanding job under difficult circumstances,’ Premier Newman said in a statement. ‘Unfortunately the demanding role has taken a toll personally and on her health, and she had decided not to risk those issues impacting on the performance of her duties.’



Sources & more information:

Queensland Government: 17 Feb 2013, Premier announces Ministerial appointments. 

Ros Bates MP:  7 Feb 2013, Landmark forum for Queensland Arts

The Australian:  15 Feb 2013, Campbell Newman sacks bureaucrat Michael Caltabiano, loses arts minister Ros Bates.

The Australian: 17 Feb 2013, Walker takes over Bates portfolios 

The Australian: 17 Feb 2013, Ian Walker to be new Qld arts minister

Brisbane Times: 15 Feb 2013, Ros Bates quits

Arts Hub: 15 Feb 2013, QLD Arts Minister steps down

ABC: 17 Feb 2013, Walker replaces Bates as Arts Minister