The impact of #ausvotesarts

The recent Federal election saw unprecedented coverage of the arts as a political issue, the outcomes of which may have lasting benefits for the sector.
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Instagram photo by Tracy Paterson (@ lacontrapposto). 

After a week of uncertainty in which neither the Coalition nor the Labor Party have been able to claim outright electoral victory, one thing is certain: for the first time in living memory – perhaps ever – the arts were on the radar of voters and politicians alike.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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