Minister Reynolds CSC, in having been elevated to the Cabinet position of Minister for Defence, has resigned from her role as Co-Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW). The APA is truly grateful for her time in supporting the Australian book industry within Parliament, alongside continuing co-chair Graham Perrett MP.
Filling Senator Reynolds’ place is NSW Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes and we welcome her to the PFABW position. Senator Hughes has a focus on representing regional and rural concerns. She is a founder of the Country Autism Network which aims to support families in rural NSW with family members diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her maiden speech in Parliament is scheduled for the late afternoon of Tuesday 30 July 2019.
Senator Hughes says, “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers for the 46th Parliament. Books are an important part of Australia’s culture and heritage. The Australian book industry is a vibrant and successful creative industry. I am looking forward to engaging with our fine Australian writers, publishers, librarians, and booksellers and highlighting the value of their work to my fellow parliamentarians.”
The next Parliamentary Friends event will be held on 17 September in Parliament House. The event will launch of Australian Reading Hour which will be held on 19 September.