How an artist helped turn Kooyong teal

Book designer WH Chong tells ArtsHub why he helped campaign for Dr Monique Ryan, the newly elected independent member for Kooyong.

The passionate, grassroots campaigns of independent candidates in once blue-ribbon Liberal seats such as Kooyong and Goldstein in Victoria, North Sydney and Wentworth in NSW, and Curtin in Western Australia, were without doubt one of the most compelling and exciting aspects of the recent Federal election.

While the financial backing of donors including the Climate 200 group played an important role in such campaigns, the participation of local communities in each electorate were absolutely crucial to the so-called ‘Teal independents’ being elected to Parliament.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts