Paul Fletcher communications minister
Communications and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher (Image: AAP/Alex Murray)

The Arts ministry has been killed off by Scott Morrison in his latest public service reshuffle, and cultural leaders and arts lovers aren’t happy.

The announcement of the new departmental arrangements was greeted with howls of dismay from the sector, beaten down by years of funding cuts.

The ABC’s Virginia Trioli took to the tweets to decry the ministry’s abolition. “Gone,” she lamented, following up by pointing out that “I can’t remember a time when ‘Arts’ was not in the portfolio title. Being assumed into another department is not the same thing.”