Neglect, sabotage of the arts over: Burke

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Australia's art and entertainment sector will be prioritised by the Labor government, the new arts minister promises.

Politics and pop songs will also collide in the next term of parliament as Anthony Albanese cements his love for music with each passing press conference.

Known for his parliamentary office guitar collection and playing in a Labor caucus band, Arts Minister Tony Burke said he would not waste any time rebuilding the sector heavily impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns.

With his appointment on Wednesday he declared the political attack on the arts and entertainment sector over.

"The neglect, the contempt and the sabotage of the previous government has ended," he told ArtsHub.

"I am determined to deliver a better future for Australia's creative sector."

Mr Burke has committed to prioritising the development of a new National Cultural Policy.

The policy promises to be a comprehensive road map for Australia's arts and culture that reaches all areas of government, including cultural diplomacy in foreign affairs, health and education.

Meanwhile, the prime minister is well known for his love of music and moonlights as 'DJ Albo', spinning tracks at gigs and ALP fundraisers.

Kicking off his election campaign Mr Albanese quoted lyrics by The Ramones - "Hey ho, let's go" - and later told reporters he would "shake it off" like Taylor Swift after he fumbled over unemployment figures.

On Wednesday, he answered a question about Labor members receiving a promotion to the ministry over others by quoting British icon Billy Bragg's famous tune "To Have and to Have Not".

"The team isn't just the people who are in the leadership group, the ministry, the team is the entire caucus," he told reporters in Canberra.

"The Billy Bragg song, 'just because you're going forward doesn't mean I'm going backwards'. It's a good song and that's true.

"Because (some) people are going forward (in cabinet) isn't a reflection on the capacity of others."

The singer-songwriter took to Twitter to congratulate Mr Albanese on his election win and revealed the pair first met more than 20 years ago.

They bonded over a shared love of music and a commitment to the politics of compassion, Bragg said.

"The defeat of the Morrison government has given an uplift to many in Britain, where the Tories (Conservative Party) seek to use wedge issues to rally support," he said.

"That the Australian electorate rejected such divisive politics offers hope to all of us fighting against the rising tide of populism.

"Obviously for me, there's the added joy of seeing my old mate Albo become the prime minister of Australia."

But the responsibility of making the world a better place through something other than music was not enviable, Bragg said.

"The people have given him a mandate for change - to create a new Australia committed to acting collectively in the common good," he said.

"I know Albo is the right person for the job. He has a socialism of the heart."

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