Hey presto! He understands. Minister Fletcher makes a speech

Minister Paul Fletcher keeps the mystery about the government's decisions on regulation, but sets out to prove he understands what the sector is about at SF 2019.

Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Communications, Cyber-safety and the Arts, is sometimes accused of being more comfortable with technical and telecommunications issues than the ambiguities of creative excellence. So his speech to the Screen Forever conference was a strategic move for an audience which is short on numbers but long on headlines when the threats to culture raise their ugly heads. 

Ian Robertson, industry lawyer and President of Film Victoria’s Board, did the farewell honours as Screen Forever moves to Queensland next year, pointed out the scale and solidity of the state government’s support for the sector, and then introduced Fletcher. Like Matthew Deaner, he is genuinely supportive of the new(ish) Minister. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.